Thursday, May 24, 2007

Fred and Dino Go to the Museum

There's a right way and a wrong way to do things, I've noticed. Case in point: the new $27 million Creation Museum in Kentucky. This shining monument to scientific knowledge boasts features such as dioramas depicting humans and dinosaurs intermingling, a life-size reproduction of Noah's Ark (which apparently accommodated dinosaurs in its menagerie), and a "giant wrecking ball, labeled 'Millions of Years' [as in the age of the Earth, according to adherents of evolution], that is shown smashing the ground at the foundation of a church, the cracks reaching across the gallery to a model of a home in which videos demonstrate the imminence of moral dissolution. A teenager is shown sitting at a computer; he is, we are told, looking at pornography." But of course.

On the other hand, the Skirball Cultural Center (note that's cultural center, not sham science museum) has opened an interactive Noah's Ark exhibit that looks really cool (especially for kids). It's creative, it's artistic (just check out the little kiwis made from boxing gloves, shuttlecocks, and oil cans!), and offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in "a favorite childhood tale," according to the website. That's right—a tale, not a bona fide historical account of our past.

Now do you want to hazard a guess as to which of these institutions I'd be more likely to take my (hypothetical) children to?

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