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Creating the Creation MuseumHow Fundamentalist Beliefs Come to Life$
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Kathleen C. Oberlin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479881642

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479881642.001.0001

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Enacting a Museum

Enacting a Museum

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Creating the Creation Museum

Kathleen C. Oberlin

NYU Press

In order to understand whether or not visitors to the Creation Museum ‘buy’ the message or think of it as a museum, this chapter unpacks how Answers in Genesis went about making choices to try and achieve its desired effect. It relies on primary data from fieldwork observations including walk-alongs with visitors, internal organizational documents, and interviews with key movement stakeholders to provide insight into how social movements use particular sites to leverage their claims and develop an oppositional stance. Being attuned to how multi-sensory engagement is activated and the material culture is wielded—everything from auditory cues and lighting choices to color palette and the spatial arrangement of each room—underscores how all of this is created to be ‘read’ by visitors at the Creation Museum.

Keywords:   material culture, multi-sensory, fieldwork

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