DALLAS – A Texas-based creation science organization has unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art museum that will teach youth and adults alike the biblical account of the history of creation.
The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a Christian group headquartered in Dallas that conducts scientific research and educates people on the Bible’s teachings via a variety of outreaches. This year, after more than four decades of ministry and many years of planning and preparation, ICR announced plans to build a 30,000-square foot creation science museum adjacent to their offices in Dallas.
ICR’s CEO Dr. Henry Morris announced the museum plans in the September issue of Acts & Facts magazine.
“For several years, I’ve been hesitant to move forward with our hope to build a museum and planetarium in the Dallas/Fort Worth area—in spite of the desperate need—because the funding seemed out of reach,” Morris wrote in the magazine.
“No longer,” he then stated, explaining that a number of ICR’s supporters have generously donated funds for the museum, which allows the project to move forward. Land for the museum was purchased in 2010.
Morris says the well-funded promotion of evolution from other museums burdened him to move forward with the creation museum project.
“When the news broke in 2008 that the Perot family had given $50 million to fund a new science and nature museum in downtown Dallas, the early publicity celebrated the fact that the new project would display the ‘wonders of evolution,’” he wrote in the November issue of Acts & Facts. “That news broke my heart, and I became burdened to find a way to somehow counter that message, particularly since it would affect countless children and families who might never know about the tremendous evidence of God’s design and purpose for their lives.”
The Dallas Museum of Science and Earth History will reportedly feature engaging, state-of-the-art exhibits, including holograms and a 3D planetarium.
“In this age of technology and visual media, interactive museum exhibits and engaging presentations in a state-of-the-art planetarium and lecture hall will be a highly effective avenue for ministry,” a promotion for the museum from ICR says.
Jayme Durant, executive editor of Acts & Facts, said the museum will one day reach people who may not otherwise hear the gospel and the biblical creation account.
“We are praying the museum will help equip Christians to share the creation message in a compelling way, bringing truth to a world drowning in evolutionary philosophy,” she wrote. “Many people live apart from God without meaning or purpose—oblivious to how we all got here—and we want to reach them.”
ICR’s website highlights the need for a biblical creation museum to counter the dire spiritual condition of younger generations.
“Our children are heading down the road to destruction,” the site says. “Young people are convinced that faith and science are incompatible.”
“ICR is ready to build a place to demonstrate how science confirms the Bible,” the site adds.
Other ministries and organizations have designed and built museums and facilities to bring the Bible’s historical accounts to life. As previously reported, Kentucky-based Answers in Genesis began construction on a full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark near Cincinnati. The ark is scheduled to open to the public on July 7, 2016.