Scope It Out!

The Creation Museum is excited to present the “Scope It Out!” series on the function and use of microscopes.

You might be asking yourself, “Why would I want to learn to use a microscope?” The following excerpt from the class manual explains it well:

Over the entrance to the library at Woods Hole Marine Biology laboratory is a sign, handwritten by the great scientist Louis Agassiz, which reads “Study nature, not books.” A curious sign indeed for a library since there is much about nature that can be learned from books. But still, there is no substitute for the direct study of nature itself. Such direct study can be greatly enhanced with the right equipment and instruments … Perhaps no instrument has contributed more to our understanding of biology than the microscope.

There are currently two classes being offered—Microscope 101: An Introduction to Microscopy, and Microscope 201: Mammalian Tissues.*

Dr. Menton with microscopes
“Scope It Out!” is taught by Dr. David Menton, a popular speaker at the Creation Museum. With his years of experience teaching medical students and his great sense of humor, Dr. Menton brings expertise and fun to this fascinating subject.

Microscope 101: An Introduction to Microscopy: This class will teach the parts of a microscope and their function. You will learn how to determine the resolution of a microscope and be able to properly illuminate your subject. We’ll show you how to do a wet mount, an important technique that will enable you to expand your study of the microscopic world. Most importantly, you will learn how to focus and use your microscope for the best possible view of your miniscule targets. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of achievement showing that you are certified to take advanced classes.

Microscope 201: Mammalian Tissues*: In this class you will use your microscope skills as you study the four mammalian tissue types. This will be followed by a lesson in the anatomy and function of the skin and kidney at a microscopic level. During the final portion of the session, you will be given the opportunity to apply your knowledge as you search microscope slides to find and identify the tissues you’ve studied.

If you own a microscope, please feel free to bring it with you so that you can learn how to better use your own scope in addition to the scopes that we will be using in class.

We plan to add more classes to this series, so please check back often for updates.

Tickets are $15.95 per participant for one class and just $25.95 for two classes in the same day or on consecutive days. This class is designed for ages 14 and up. (Ticket prices include tax.) One free observer’s ticket is available per participant. Observers will sit in the back of the classroom (not adjacent to the microscopes).

To register or check availability, please call Reservations at 800-721-2298. Please note that tickets are nonrefundable on the day of the event.

For more information about this program, or if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Special “Scope It Out!” Classes

Would your scout troop, homeschool co-op group, science class etc, like to participate in a Scope It Out! class but can’t make it to a regularly scheduled event? Special programs are available with advance notice (subject to availability). We can accommodate groups of 10-20 participants. This version of the program is currently available to participants age 14 and up. Please see this pdf to learn about payment, cancellation, and rescheduling policies for this event.

Contact coordinator Denise Jackson for availability via email at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 1-888-582-4253 ext 373. A $50 deposit is required upon booking (must be booked at least one month in advance).

Price: $15.95 (includes 6% Kentucky sales tax)
Group size: minimum 10 participants, maximum 20 participants


*Microscope 101 must be completed as a prerequisite to participation in any advanced classes.