The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are now open daily! Note that dining, theaters, and other offerings have been enhanced to help you stay healthy.
What to know before you visit
When you visit the botanical gardens at the Creation Museum, you will be amazed by the beauty and variety within God’s creation. As you take in the sights and sounds around you, the gardens are the perfect spot to reflect upon God’s Word. You can even find many Scripture verses to meditate on during your walk. Can you find seven of these verses that are scattered throughout the gardens?
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kids, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
If you begin your botanical gardens tour from the main entrance of the Creation Museum, this could be the first verse you will encounter. This verse is located just after the Truss Bridge, one of our five bridges. Reflect on this verse as you listen to the sound of rushing water just beyond the trees.
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praises to spring forth before all the nations.
If you aren’t looking closely, you might miss this verse hiding in the tall grass! Be sure to keep an eye out for the rock containing Isaiah 61:11 in the carnivorous bog garden.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Here is another tricky verse to find in the gardens. As you enjoy the shade in the rainforest garden, look for this plaque, which is located between the trees at one of the entrances to this portion of the botanical gardens.
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and whose who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
Will you be able to find the rock featuring Psalm 24:1–2? Look among the flowers and bushes close to the pergola, and reflect on this Scripture as you enjoy the view of the lake from this location.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.
This verse is one of the only ones not placed on a rock within the gardens. As you admire the fountain courtyard, be sure to see what God’s Word has to teach us there.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
Before you enter the petting zoo area, can you find Genesis 1:24? As you look for the verse among the landscape, you might even catch a glimpse of other guests taking a ride on Gomer or CJ.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
After you locate John 3:16–17, take time to let the message of God’s Word sink in as you relax in the gazebo. If this is toward the end of your botanical gardens tour, the gazebo is also the perfect place to think about all the verses you were able to find during your walk.