Admission is two dollars, and if I ever find myself in that part of Texas again, I'll gladly pay three.
The Creation Evidence Museum is the work of Dr.(sic) Carl Baugh. Go here to read about Baugh's academic credentials.
Now that I've done some reading on the guy, this place might replace Lee Harvey Oswald's grave as my favorite destination to take out of town guests.
Cedric Katesby, get ready. If you ever make it to the U.S., we're going.
The place is a shapeless mass of....things and ideas and stuff that "isn't even wrong" and generic rocks and hyperbaric chambers and glass cases of unrelated fossils and evangelical kitsch.
You begin your museum experience with a 30-minute video of Dr. Baugh explaining how the fossil record proves the 6-day creation account found in Genesis. I can't find the exact video on YouTube, but this one works just as well....
Don't bother watching or listening. While you're reading, just hit play and let the pseudo-scientific gobbledygook bathe you in the hyperbaric chamber of Dr. Baugh's mind. More on the hyperbaric chambers in a moment.
Baugh's timeline is illustrated by a series of paintings, each one illustrating the condition of our planet on that day of creation. A lot of his focus is on a "canopy" that was once over the earth (about 10 miles up), and this canopy of hydrogen and oxygen (known in academic circles as "water") remained in place until Noah's flood. All land was in one mass until the flood, and it was only then that North America split off from Europe, South America broke away from Africa, and a sprinkling of fossils found their way onto mountaintops. Or something.
Here's some of the general flavor of what Baugh claims was going on during one of the creation days. I don't have the patience to figure out which one....
The harmonic creation was established to endure forever. A crystalline firmament suspended above the planet filtered out short-wave radiation, and with its physical structure in place universal radio signals serenaded the earth with morning melodies. Planets in the Solar System were distributed at harmonic intervals on a large scale, consistent with the energy fields living seeds produce on a small scale.
I could write for days about that last sentence. Planets in the Solar System were distributed at harmonic intervals on a large scale, consistent with the energy fields living seeds produce on a small scale. What does that mean? Is it possible for it to mean anything? The planets were distributed at harmonic intervals? And these intervals are "consistent" with the energy fields that seeds produce? The (musical) intervals are consistent with the energy produced by seeds? Ahhh....but it is on a smaller scale. The seeds, as compared to the planets.
The radiant sun transformed and ruled the day, and its glowing energy extending into the firmament illuminated the night. The reflecting moon added a romantic invitation to the sky. The stars produced measurable references by which time could be told; their colors and formations were as varied and imaginative as eternal reflection could appreciate.
Ok, on to the hyperbaric chambers. You'll never know it by going through the museum, but there are two hyperbaric chambers in the place. Unless you're in the know, you'd think they were some leftover East Texas oilfield equipment, painted white and outfitted with some Disney-esque control panels and viewing windows. Here's an explanation from a previous visitor, a guy who didn't have nearly as much fun at the museum as I did:
The Creation Evidence Museum also includes a large magenta-windowed "hyperbaric biosphere" in which Baugh claims to have recreated "earth's original pre-flood environment" (Figure 3). According to Baugh, the biosphere — which is connected to an oscilloscope — increases organisms' life-spans by 300%; it also detoxifies copperheads' venom. Near the biosphere is an aquarium in which Baugh grows "vegetarian piranhas." Baugh believes his discoveries support the vast life-spans of biblical patriarchs such as Adam (who allegedly lived to be 930), and the harmonious environment (that is, no carnivores or death) before Eve introduced sin into the world. Baugh hopes to grow dinosaurs in the biosphere. On the museum's walls, visitors can view paintings in which pre-flood children play with a baby Apatosaurus in the nearby Paluxy River. Visitors can purchase these replicas, as well as books, posters, and other materials such as certificates honoring recipients as "visionaries" for "supporting truth in education."
Get it now? The hyperbaric chambers recreate life the way it was before the flood, before the "canopy" of hydrogen and oxygen came flooding down on Noah.
Another item of interest is this:
See the human footprint covered by the dinosaur footprint? That proves that humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time, right? And that we really could have an earth that's 6,500 years old. Readers wanting to scoff at this discovery can go here, and scoff up a storm.
All I'm going to say is that compared to all the other dino tracks in Glen Rose, this thing is a little too perfect.
There were other exhibits that proved Creationism by using the pictograms found in Mandarin Chinese. The display only offered a hint of the theory. You have to buy a DVD to get the full story.
They have a massive painting of Noah loading all the critters onto the ark. Note the soon-to-be-drowned scoffers in the bottom left corner. Velociraptors are strangely absent.
You can purchase paperback copies of Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study in the museum gift shop.
And they have Brontosaurus neckties with this verse from Job 40:15 - "Now look at Behemoth which I made along with you - he eats grass like an ox".
Here's an entry for The Apostrophe Abuse Blog. In a freakin' museum, ferchrissakes.
But the main thing you'll notice is the big statue. You hesitate to ask who it represents, but in the back of your mind, you know.
As you go through the museum, the statue's unblinking eyes look down on you and your group, lovingly, compassionately, but also giving the impression that he's not going to tolerate any dissent. In his right hand he holds the names from The Lambs Book Of Life.... Or perhaps they're the names of The Just And The Unjust? The Tibetan Book Of The Dead?
We'll never know what he is holding; his Sphinx-like gaze betrays nothing.
You ask why he's there, why Dr. Carl Baugh's Creation Evidence Museum has him up there, larger than life, looking down and casting judgement on believer and skeptic alike.
I have no freakin' clue.
But yeah, overlooking the entire Creation Evidence Museum is a massive statue of Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.
I loved every inch of this place. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Some of the pics came from Flikr.