This is one of the places I literally stumbled upon. I was driving around San Diego using an app called Roadside America and this popped up. I did not know what was in store but figured I might as well give it a try as I was in the area with time to kill.
- Hours: Mon – Sat 9AM – 6PM
- Free to Enter
- Take a virtual Tour here
Dr. Henry Morris’ Institute of Creation Research launched the Creation and Earth History Museum in 1992. For 16 years, ICR developed and grew the exhibits with a mission to equip believers with evidence of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework. Upon ICR’s move to Texas in 2008, the entire museum and its contents were sold to Scantibodies Laboratory, Inc.
Tom Cantor, the owner of Scantibodies Laboratory, Inc., and his wife Cheryl founded a non-profit 501c3 ministry called the Light and Life Foundation. The Light and Life Foundation owns and operates the museum and continues creation evangelism by offering free admission, free resources and free monthly activities to its visitors.
The Creation and Earth History Museum remains dedicated to the biblical account of science and history. The facilities include a 10,000 sq. ft. showcase for a literal six-day creation and young earth, including a human anatomy exhibit, life-size tabernacle display, age of the earth cave and more.
Being a Christian myself I was wary that this museum might lean on the cheesy side; however, when I got there and started walking around I found that this was not the case. The museum itself was really well done with large interactive exhibits and lots of interesting information. Here is how I feel the museum was split.
Creation of the Earth and History
The very start of the museum features the Biblical account of the creation of the Earth from day one to seven. Once you got to day 6 they even had lots of live reptiles in cages that you could see and I was told interact with on some tours.
After that the museum dives into a lot of geographical events and the basis for them such as volcanoes, dinosaurs and Noah’s arc.
It continues to look at the ice age and all the way through to more modern parts of history all through the biblical lens.
When you leave the Earth history area you will go into the exhibit they have on the body and its intricacies. I found this area really interesting as it talks about many different parts of the body and their elaborate and unique structure.
While the museum itself is obviously focused completely on the Christian representation of history I feel like many people would enjoy looking through the museum and pondering some of its questions if they came in with an open mind.
I was impressed by how well it was done, even with the big T-Rex that greeted me from the outside. I would love to hear other thoughts if you visit the museum as well.