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Ark Encounter, Creation Museum Top USA Today Readers' Poll

The Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum finished as the top two in a USA Today Readers' Choice Awards category for religious museums.

The Williamstown and Petersburg attractions, both operated by Answers in Genesis, topped a list of twenty nominees from fourteen states and Washington, D.C.

“We are so grateful to USA Today for considering our internationally recognized attractions in its contest. Indeed, people from around the world rave about the exhibits and features at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, and now these people have validated our exciting attractions from among an impressive list of museums," said Ken Ham, CEO and founder of the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. "We’re very thankful to the thousands of people who went on-line to vote.”

Ham also took a shot at the rankings, by stating that the Smithsonian should have been included as it represents an atheist worldview, he said. 

"By the way, one could make the argument that USA Today should have included the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in its list. While most people would not consider the Smithsonian in Washington, DC to be a religious museum, it, too, promotes a worldview: atheism. You see, there are no ‘non-religious’ positions for such museums. Each has a worldview to proclaim. The Ark and Creation Museum are, of course, religious museums in that they promote a theistic Christian worldview.” 

Ark Encounter, in Grant County, was built in 2016, built to the dimensions of the biblical ark, as cited in the Bible. 

The Creation Museum, in Boone County, offers an attraction that caters to those who believe in creationism rather than evolution.

-Staff report

Photo: Ark Encounter (provided)