A former Queensland science teacher has opened what is being described as the world's first Creation Museum, situated in the United States.
The museum teaches that the Earth is barely 6,000 years old and that God created dinosaurs and humans at roughly the same time.
It is not surprising the museum has attracted the wrath of some scientists, who have been protesting outside at the official opening.
America's newest tourist attraction is a state-of-the-art multimedia museum with Adam and Eve, Noak's Ark and children frolicking near dinosaurs.
The Creation Museum is in Petersburg, in the state of Kentucky, just over the state line from Cincinnati and cost about $33 million to build - most of it raised from private donations.
Australian Ken Ham is the museum's president.
"This idea came about from when I was a teacher in public schools in Australia actually, teaching in science classes and students saying, 'Sir, you're a Christian, how can you believe the bible when we know that's not true because of evolution and what's in our text books?' Then when I took them to museums and saw that they presented evolution as fact, I thought why can't we have a creation museum?
"So I had this embryonic idea 25 years ago in Australia. But of course Australia isn't really the place to build such a facility if you're going to reach the world - really America is.
Some 60 per cent of Americans believe God created the world in six days. It is why this museum teaches that the biblical story of life on earth is scientifically verifiable.
"What we say about history really is the outline of history as given in the bible. But what we say about science is exactly the same as what they're saying in the secular world except we also showing people that actually, observational science confirms the bible's statements on biology and geology and so on," he said.
Scientists have been staging what they call a "rally for reason" outside, holding banners saying "thou shalt not lie".
But it is not surprising that public opinion is divided.
"It brings the bible to life and it walks you right through the pages that are black and white and shows you everything real," one man said.
"I wouldn't mind if it was called 'Bible Land', or if they called in 'Genesis Land', but to call it a museum with a false facade of science - that's where the problem is," another man said.
Eugenie Scott is the executive director of the National Centre for Science. She fears the museum will give children a distorted view of science.
"They'll show up in classrooms and say, 'Gee Mrs Brown, I went to this very spiffy museum last summer and they say that everything you're teaching me is a lie'," she said.
But Mr Ham, who keeps photos of Aussie cricketers on the wall outside his office, expects up to a 250,000 people will come to the Creation Museum each year to decide for themselves.
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