Zip lining among new attractions at the Creation Museum

Museum hopes to pull in more visitors

HEBRON, Ky. - The Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky is adding several new attractions this summer in hopes of pulling in new customers who are not as likely to come for the museum itself.

"The whole purpose of the new attractions is to bring repeat customers in and also to attract new people to the museum," said Mike Zovath, Cofounder and Vice President of the museum.

One addition is a zip line and sky bridge course set to open in mid-June.

The course will feature at least 20 zip lines and 10 sky bridges to become the biggest course in the Midwest.

"I think it's going to be a big draw for people who might not be interested in the Creation Museum but they have zip lines on their bucket lists," Zovath said.

The museum hopes the zip lining customers will then be interested enough to take a look inside the building as well.

Tickets to the museum are priced at $30 while a full zip-lining course will cost $89. Zovath said they are offering zip lining plus museum entry for a discounted $99.

The Creation Museum has also added a Dragon Legends exhibit and a high-tech display named "Dr. Crawley's Insectorium."

The dragon exhibit explores eight legends in a festive environment, Zovath said.

Dr. Crawley's Insectorium is a $50,000 to $60,000 display of bugs collected over a 30-year period.

"[The display] is a fascinating array of bugs," Zovath said. "Some of these things look like jewelry. They are gorgeous; the metallic and colors, the varieties and the size is just amazing."

Though the museum's attendance goals in its original business model aimed to have at least 250,000 visitors per year, the museum garnered around 400,000 during their opening year and had also exceeded their goal for the two following years.

Within the last year, attendance dropped to just more than 254,000 people, prompting questions as to why people have stopped visiting.

"We get a quarter of a million (people) a year and we are pretty pleased," Zovath said. "And this is all privately funded."

Zovath's response to the museums critics who wonder how zip lining fits with their message?

"No matter what exhibit we add, the message stays the same," Zovath said. "It's all about God's word and the authority of God's word and showing that all of these things, whether it's bugs, dinosaurs or dragons - it all fits with God's word."

 

9 On Your Side reporter Scott Wegener contributed to this report.

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