Nevertheless, a Sunday Independent columnist said in 2007 that "there are plenty of Americans ready to embrace Ham and support his museum", citing the fact that the million museum was entirely privately funded, and citing a Gallup public opinion poll showing widespread belief among Americans in biblical accounts of human origins.
The Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau used the museum's opening as part of their overall strategy to attract religious group conventions, which accounted for significant amounts of visitor spending in the area.
In October 2007, the Kentucky Department of Transportation erected four signs along highways near the museum bearing Kentucky's "Unbridled Spirit" logo and directing motorists to the museum's location, prompting concern from some residents about the separation of church and state. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, as saying it was a "close call" as to whether the signs violated the separation of church and state.
Reflecting young Earth creationist beliefs, the museum depicts the coexistence of humans and dinosaurs, portrays the Earth as approximately 6,000 years old, and disputes the theory of evolution.
Scientists and educators have criticized the museum for misrepresenting science and expressed concerns that it could have a negative impact on science education.
The 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m27 million, raised through private donations, and opened on May 28, 2007.