You don’t have to look long or hard for one of the Creation Museum’s most famous exhibits when you enter the Main Hall. That exhibit, of course, is the depiction of children playing next to young T. rex dinosaurs.
Pre- or Post-Fall?
We know from the biblical account that dinosaurs (along with humans and land animals) were created on the sixth day of Creation week. Scripture tells us that Adam and Eve’s first child, Cain, was conceived after they were driven out of the Garden (Genesis 3:24–4:1).
So, it becomes clear that the exhibit represents life after the Fall of humankind.
Is it possible that the scene portrays the post-Flood world? Were the animals afraid of mankind prior to the global Flood? According to Genesis 9:2, God revealed that, “the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea.”
It’s also likely that animals were vegetarian prior to the Fall since God prescribed vegetarian diets for both man and beast up to that point in history. It’s also possible, since mankind was extremely wicked prior to the Flood, that men would have mistreated animals. This would have led to a probable breakdown of their original harmony, and to the possibility that people and animals were in violation of this command to be vegetarian.
What’s the purpose of this scene?
Certainly, there are at least a couple of possibilities as to the timing and purpose of this animatronic illustration in the Creation Museum’s Main Hall. And that’s exactly why it’s there—to challenge our guests right from the start of the museum experience about the coexistence of dinosaurs and people.
Now that we’ve got you thinking, we invite you to visit us soon to discover biblical answers at the Creation Museum!
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