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Creation Museum Logs 100,000 Visitors in 8 Weeks

The controversy surrounding the opening of a northern Kentucky museum that teaches the biblical story of creation hasn't hurt it at the box office.

The Creation Museum hosted its 100,000th visitor over the weekend, less than two months after it opened, putting the museum on pace to easily exceed the 250,000 visitors organizers were hoping to get in the first year.

"We're pretty pleased with the response," said Mike Zovath, vice president of museum operations.

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A family from Buffalo, N.Y., pushed attendance over 100,000 on Saturday, said Mark Looy, a co-founder and spokesman for the controversial $27 million facility.

The museum's first weeks have been highlighted by packed parking lots and long lines to get in. The wait has hardly slowed down the stream of people who have flocked to the 60,000-square foot facility that includes some exhibits that have raised eyebrows among skeptics.

Evolution is derided at the museum, which is packed with high-tech exhibits designed by an acclaimed theme-park artist, animatronic dinosaurs and a huge wooden ark.

In this Old Testament version of history, dinosaurs appeared on the same day God created other land animals.

The museum also contains fossils, hung in large glass cases in a room visitors spill into after taking a tour of Old Testament history.

Museum officials said most fossils were created by the massive flood detailed in the book of Genesis.

The response has been so overwhelming that the museum is petitioning to add 650 spaces to the parking lot, which currently has about 500 spaces available. The museum would also like to add a canopy over the entrance to protect people waiting in line from the weather.

The museum is also considering adding a second entrance for deliveries and staff.

"Most of this is in anticipation of some growth next year," Zovath said. "We're hoping that with some of the things we have on our planning schedule for next year, to be able to bring crowds back and bring more people in."