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While the masses were wrestling each over sales racks at the mall, our family spent Black Friday in a quieter kind of 70,000 sq ft space.  One with electronic dinosaurs, replicas of Noah’s Ark, photos of Hitler, and real live snakes.

IMG_20121121_143300It costs 4 adults $120 to walk through Cincinnati’s Creation Museum exhibits and gardens.  You can pay an extra $30 each for a zip-line adventure.  $5 for a camel ride.  $3.50 each for a “Snakes Alive!” workshop.  While there were a few single folks wandering through, taking pictures and videos with their iPads, we were mostly surrounded by large families with dads trying to explain the exhibits of Adam and Eve alongside robotic dinosaurs to their wide-eyed children.  And maybe it’s just my female filter, but I saw mostly scene after scene of Eve initiating all of the world’s problems.

Image 1Like all museums, you have to pass through a large, colorful gift shop and bookstore before you can make your way to the closest exit.  One of the last displays you’ll see before the exit sign is a large glass case with The Origin of Species resting under bright lights alongside a copy of Mein Kampf.  

We were all noticeably disturbed and didn’t have much to say — our normally loud and opinionated crew — on the long walk back to the parking lot.  The writer in me knows there’s an essay in here somewhere, but for now I’m left with trying to connect the dots and discern the purpose of these 70,000 sq ft, at $30 per person.

Though I did see my first sad Zonkey, so there was that.

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