The Museum intends to be a thriving institution for generations to come. Recently, a Board of Directors for the Museum was brought together. The Directors worked together to create our mission, vision and strategic intent to guide the organization from the beginning and into the future.
From there, the Museum created a Strategic Plan, anchored by a comprehensive Master Facilities Plan, to define specific projects that will fulfill our commitment to making the making the Northwest Science Museum the best regional nature and science museum in the world. Below you can learn more about the museum and the strategic plan:
What is the Vision?
The vision for this museum is to present a “Natural History” museum from a Biblical point of view. This museum would display similar exhibits to the well known natural history museums (i.e. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, American Museum of Natural History, Chicago Field Museum) but interpreted from a Biblical world view.
What is the purpose?
To lead people to a better understanding of God by viewing His creation. To show that creation science can explain the evidence we see in the world around us and that it is not just religion.
The Museum is devoted to understanding and explaining origins, history and our present world as revealed by scientific discovery interpreted through the worldview of Biblical truth. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15.
What is the Mission?
To share the everlasting gospel through God’s creation with people here in Treasure Valley, the entire Northwest, the entire United States, and regions beyond. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7
What is the goal?
To become one of the best museums in the world. Even with a creation theme, people from all world views will come to see it. To strengthen your faith in God and the Bible. To give you the information you need to trust the Bible and what it says about the creation of the universe. So that you know that “In the beginning, God created…”. Genesis 1:1
One of the basic goals of the Museum is to distribute the abundance of scientific evidence in support of the Biblical account of creation and young earth history. This goal makes available the resources necessary for an individual to continue to study Creation Science on their own so that they will be well versed and can give an answer to anyone who asks about creation.
A Safe and Sustainable Building
Because the Museum intends to be a valued resource to the public for the long-term, it is necessary to take care of our building and has to be affordable to maintain. Depending on the acquisition of a building, two scenarios are possible:
1) It may be an older building with many of the building’s systems aging, inefficient, environmentally unsound, and beyond their service lives. The Strategic Plan will bring the Museum building up to 21st-century standards. The structure would be remodeled to provide a main entrance, lobby, exhibit halls, store, storage facilities and office space. Critical life safety systems will be upgraded and security systems would be added. Through this entire process, the Museum will set an example of environmental stewardship by converting the facility into a green building that conserves energy and reduces its use of carbon fuels. or
2) A new building would be constructed. The plan would be to build the Museum to 21st-century standards. The structure would incorporate a main entrance, lobby, exhibit halls, store, storage facility and office space. Security and critical life safety systems will be installed. Through this entire process, the Museum will set an example of environmental stewardship by converting the facility into a green building that conserves energy and reduces its use of carbon fuels.
Permanent Exhibits Featuring Cutting-Edge Science
Providing relevant, current creation science information to the public is what the Museum of Natural History is all about. The Museum will create permanent exhibits that will educate people of all ages about the most exciting emerging creation science in an accessible and interactive manner.
Wildlife Exhibit Wing
Wildlife exhibits will show the amazing variety of species that God created. It will demonstrate the variety within Kind as stated in Genesis 1 during Creation Week. The purpose of this exhibit is to give people an awe-inspiring look at the creative diversity of God.
History of Life Wing
The quest to understand the origins of the human race is one of the most compelling questions in science. This exhibit will explain the supposed evolution of the human race and trace the spread of people across the globe as related from the Bible. It will house the fossil collections and explain them from a Biblical point of view. People will understand why we see millions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth.
Earth Science Wing
The Earth Science Wing will tell the dynamic story of our planet, from Creation through the events of the Flood to the present day. This will house the rock and mineral collection as well as the Oopart collection. The purpose of this wing will be to guide people to the understanding that the rocks/fossils/artifacts can be explained better in a Biblical context than an evolutionary context.
Storage for the Museum’s Collections
As the Museum grows, it is anticipated that collections will have to be stored, things like rare fossils, Native American artifacts, priceless gems and minerals, and extinct bird and mammal specimens. These irreplaceable objects ideally would be housed in a secure, climate-controlled storage facility within the Museum. Adjacent lab space will provide working conditions for scientists and researchers.
Build a diversified, stable base of support impervious to economic fluctuations, thus ensuring the long-term viability of the Museum’s programs and services. Rationale: Stable, ongoing sources of revenue are critical for the Museum to fulfill its mission. Enhanced financial stability will enable the Museum to conduct more effective long-range planning and to continue its commitment to maintaining a balanced operating budget. The Museum will identify and develop new streams of revenue from non-traditional sources, thereby expanding and diversifying its base of support. Adopting this strategy will also allow community members to experience the personal satisfaction that philanthropy provides, and to fulfill their individual dreams through philanthropic actions and participation in the Museum.
A Science Education Center – The USA is facing a crisis in science literacy. Recent state test scores show that students lack proficiency in science. Teachers, especially at the preschool and elementary school level, report a lack of training in science and a discomfort with teaching science.
The Museum will house a Science Education Center to offer creation science resources for schools, home-school groups, teachers, churches and the general public.
Planetarium – A future addition would be the construction of a planetarium that would present astronomy as a creation of God and point people toward God.