Fewer visitors to Creation Museum

Creation Museum Attendance Drops for Fourth Straight Year.

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., created quite an uproar in 2007 when it opened with exhibits showing early humans co-existing with dinosaurs. Five years later, the public fascination with that take on paleoanthropology seems to be fading.

This week, the museum told CityBeat that attendance for the year ended June 30 came to 254,074. That amounts to a 10 percent drop from last year’s 282,000 and is the museum’s fourth straight year of declining attendance and its lowest annual attendance yet. The $27 million museum drew 404,000 in its first year and just over 300,000 each of the next two.

They blamed the economy and gas prices. And they could be right. Another example is given in this piece of a subsidized museum that is also losing money. Many tourists attractions can likely say the same. I see a few things could be occurring – the initial flush of novelty has worn off, people have seen it already so attendance will NATURALLY drop after the first few years. What would be more significant is if visitors held steady. Or went up as the economy improves. That would show that the are a sustainable draw. How many people visit as a joke? How many people would come again? Do they have the money to keep the place new and interesting? All questions that will affect its future.

Dragon at Creation Museum

  10 comments for “Fewer visitors to Creation Museum

  1. One Eyed Jack
    November 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    What they need is a big foot exhibit. That will expand their customer base.

  2. Lauri
    November 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I’ve been there twice, and gotta tell you, it’s a royal hoot. Not that I’m recommending the place or anything.

  3. November 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Ahem: /fewer/.

  4. November 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM


  5. November 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I should go. But I don’t want to give them money.

  6. Mr. Shreck
    November 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I have exactly the same problem. I grew up near there and my mom still lives there, but I can’t bring myself to go and give them a dime. On the other hand, I watched Jeeper’s Creepers and that guy’s a child molester. Priorities, you know.

  7. Moose McNuggets
    November 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Lead them not unto temptation.

  8. Rand
    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I’ve always wanted to go to that. Seems like it would be interesting. A museum about all the crazy non-sense that people once actually believed. Kinda like when visiting a carnival and seeing the “snake woman” thing, you *know* it’s fake, but still interesting to see. Not sure that a place like that would be appropriate for children though.

  9. November 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    An irreverent take on the Creation Museum by the Buffalo Beast.


  10. November 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I have a theory. It’s because you can only tell the same joke so many times before it stops being funny.

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