We had some interesting reactions to our Ancient Ships and The Ark blog last week so I thought I would share some other places where we have been blessed as well as some that we would like to visit in the future. These are a half dozen in the North East but Christian attractions are found all around the world. In future blogs I will tell about some we know of and have experienced in the South East and then farther west. At the end of this blog there is a list of some that I know of and I would appreciate hearing from you about your experiences with any of these or with others I have not heard of.
Sight & Sound Theatres – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The name “Sight & Sound” was inspired by the teaching of Jesus found in Matthew 13:10-23. The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke to the people in parables or stories. Jesus replied that even though people were seeing, they did not really see. Even though they were hearing, they did not truly hear or understand what they heard. It is our goal to visualize and dramatize Biblical truth through live stage productions – to illustrate truth in the same way that Jesus did, by storytelling. Our desire is that our audience will gain clear understanding and inspiration through these presentations, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and deepen their relationship with our Father through Him. Our purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sow the Word of God into the lives of our customers, guests and fellow workers by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of our God-given talents and resources.
- Sight & Sound Theatres,
- 300 Hartman Bridge Road
- Ronks, PA 17572
Biblical tabernacle at the Mennonite Information Center – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Biblical tabernacle reproduction was created in the late 1940’s as the “Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness,” by a Baptist minister in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mennonites later purchased the replica and eventually joined it with the Mennonite Information Center. For over 60 years this exhibit has been invaluable for students of Bible and cultural studies. The tabernacle replica is housed in a building with a contoured upward ceiling and an acoustically pleasing atmosphere. Presentation guides versed in the scriptural context and significance of the tabernacle and its furniture lead you in conversation from the Brazen Altar just inside the eastern gate of the courtyard to the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Even if you know little about Biblical history, this presentation is fascinating. But for those who know, this makes the story come to life. As you look into the Holy Place, a full-size, wax figure of the high priest presides over the altar of incense. His authentic robes have precious stones imbedded in gold on his breastplate. The Golden Candlestick, and Table of Shew Bread are made-to-scale. A fully researched design of the veil separates the people from the presence of God just like in olden times.
- The Mennonite Information Center
2209 Millstream Road
- Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: Toll Free: (800) 858-8320
Akron Fossils & Science Center – Akron/Copley, Ohio
This museum was opened May 26, 2005, by William Sanderson II, a financial planner and former Cincinnati middle-school science teacher. Museum exhibits tend to the hands-on. Touchable displays include a woolly mammoth jawbone, fossils, dinosaur teeth, bones and eggs, a mastodon skeleton, and castings of alleged Inca burial stones (never authenticated by scientists) depicting humans being killed by dinosaurs. A block-rolling game demonstrates the supposed difficulty of randomly generating a 17 amino acid sequence to form a protein. Many of the museum projects are targeted at children, including “Truassic Park”, a dinosaur-themed outdoor playground, a thrilling 200 ft. long zip-line ride through the tree-tops, a summer camp, a creationist canoe expedition, and a weekly high-school-level biology class. An ongoing study of a local creek is meant to teach young scientists in the area about data collection and procedures. Museum staff participated in the opening of the larger Creation Museum in Kentucky, but say the hands-on nature and focus on children of this attraction sets it apart.
- Akron Fossils & Science Center
- 2080 South Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Copley, Ohio 44321
- (330) 665-3466
Biblewalk and Living Bible Museum – Mansfield, Ohio
“Ohio’s only life-size wax museum” is the impressive centerpiece of this attraction. It has over 300 wax figures in 70 religious scenes, and it was all built by the members of the adjacent nondenominational Diamond Hill Cathedral. People from the Ministry created the backgrounds, made the props and sewed the costumes, and a hairdresser from Columbus shaped the figures’ hairstyles. There are actually four wax museums here. The Old and New Testament each take an hour to tour, while the Museum of Christian Martyrs and Heart of the Reformation each take a half-hour. These times are fixed because each scene has its own narration, mood music, and occasional character dialog, and the next scene doesn’t turn on until the current one turns off. This controls the flow of traffic and ensures that everyone gets the full message, whether they want to race ahead to only the “good” parts or not. Recommended are the Old and New Testament tours. Some of the displays have quick animations at dramatic moments: the stone rolls away from Jesus’ tomb, Lot’s wife spins around to reveal that she’s a pillar of salt, etc. Among the exhibits is a Rare Bible Collection from the collection of retired Air Force Chaplain Lewie H. Miller Jr. Four cases of rare and old Bibles are displayed at BibleWalk. The remainder of Chaplain Miller’s collection is displayed at the Miller Bible Museum in North Greenville University.
- Biblewalk and Living Bible Museum
- 500 Tingley Ave.,
- Mansfield, OH 44905
D. L. Moody Museum – Chicago, Illinois
Moody Bible Institute is home to the D.L. Moody Museum where you can learn more about the life and ministries of world-renowned evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody. The museum features displays and multimedia kiosks about the life and ministry of the world-renowned evangelist and founder of the Moody Bible Institute. Operating with a burgeoning passion for souls, Moody worked purposefully in the late 1800s, taking the gospel to more than 100 million people in the days before air travel and electronic amplification. Tours for all Moody guests are offered daily, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. Beginning in the D.L. Moody Museum, located on the first floor of Smith Hall, guests will view an eight-minute historical video on the life of Moody’s founder. The video is followed by a 45-minute walking tour of the campus led by a current Moody student.
- 820 N. LaSalle Blvd
Chicago, IL 60610
The Museum of Woodcarving – Shell Lake, Wisconsin
The largest collection of woodcarvings in the world created by one man – 100 life-sized carvings and 400 miniatures. “You feel like you’re walking through a wooden Bible.” That’s how Maria McKay describes the Museum of Woodcarving as she displays the work of her uncle, wood sculptor Joseph T. Barta, in this wooded fishermen’s — or Fishers of Men — country. Barta spent 15 years crafting his series of religious scenes in ponderosa and sugar pine 2x4s laminated together. The museum is stark and clean. Joe’s sculptures stand on gray wall-to-wall carpeting against blank white walls, illuminated by dim track lighting. Starting with the banishment of Adam and Eve , scenes from the Bible are revealed chronologically. The sculptures are impressive but roughhewn, with oddly chiseled topography in the pale wood.
- Museum of Woodcarving
- 539 Highway 63,
- Shell Lake, WI 54871
- The Billy Graham Library – Charlotte, North Carolina
- Holy Land Experience – Orlando, Florida
- Wordspring Discovery Center – Orlando, Florida
- The Jesus Film Project – Orlando, Florida
- A Key Encounter – Key West, Florida
- Creation Studies Institute – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Dinosaur World – Plant City, Florida
- Creation Adventures Museum – Arcadia, Florida
- The Upper Room Chapel and Museum – Nashville, Tennessee.
- Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- Treasuring the Word Rare Bible and Book Museum – Sevierville, Tennessee
- The Miracle Theater – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- Creation Museum – Petersburg, Kentucky
- Dinosaur World – Cave City, Kentucky
- Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum – Glendive, Montana
- The Precious Moments Chapel – Carthage, Missouri
- Sight & Sound Theatres – Branson, Missouri
- Thorncrown Chapel – Eureka, Arkansas
- New Holy Land Experience – Eureka, Arkansas, has four features.
- The Museum of Earth History – Dallas, Texas
- Dinosaur World – Glen Rose, Texas
- The Promise – Glen Rose, Texas
- Focus on the Family – Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Creation and Earth History Museum. – Santee, California
- Cabazon Dinosaurs – Cabazon, California
- 7 Wonders Creation Museum – Silver Lake, Washington
- Big Valley Creation Science Museum – Big Valley, Alberta
- The Canadian Badlands Passion Play – Drumheller, Alberta