Ken Ham's Creation Museum opened on Thursday a new zip line course near Petersburg, Ky., in the hopes of attracting a broader audience to its Bible inspired exhibits.
"The course is designed to attract a broader range of people to the Creation Museum and to enhance the museum itself," said Ham, who is also the founder and president of Answers in Genesis, according to Cincinnati.com. "This is not a ride; it's a professional course that is also an ecological tour. We have 70 acres here, and the zip lines and the sky bridges go all the way through the woods to the back of the grounds."
The Creation Museum website claims that it is "the biggest and best zip line course in the Midwest," and says that it features over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges.
The course allows guests to purchase a ticket that includes discounted admission to the Creation Museum, but they do not have to visit the museum if they do not wish to do so.
"People who use the zip lines do not have to come to the Creation Museum, but they can go inside and use the portico," Ham added. "They can also go to the main hall, the coffee shop and Noah's Café, so they can actually see a lot without paying for a ticket to the Creation Museum. If they want to go to both, we offer the combined ticket."
The Creation Museum president revealed that the course was built by Screaming Eagle Adventures, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records for its work, which includes the world's largest and longest zip line course at Georgia's Banning Mills Resort.
Mike Holder, who owns Screaming Eagle Adventures and the Banning Mills Resort, explained that his company was the first zip line tour in North America and has been operating for 15 years. "People watched us to make sure we weren't going to kill everybody, and when they found out the lines were safe, it really took off," he said.
Last week, the Creation Museum resolved an issue with the Cincinnati Museum Center after an assistant manager for the latter institution made critical comments against the Creation Museum.
The assistant manager posted online comments where he claimed that the Creation Museum was "not a museum" and that it was a "pockmark on our religion," but the vice president of marketing communications for the Cincinnati Museum Center later clarified that those were his personal comments and do not represent the museum's views.
A joint statement by the two museums later confirmed that representatives had met and resolved the issue.