Creationist Ken Ham invites 'Science Guy' Bill Nye to Ark Encounter tour, offers free passes to veterans on May 30

(Ark Encounter)The huge replica of Noah's Ark will be open on July 7 this year.

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham and "The Science Guy" Bill Nye have had their differences, especially concerning creationism, but Ham wants to set these aside. This is why he recently invited Nye to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky.

"I want to publicly invite Bill Nye to come visit the Ark. I want to show him personally, or just show him where the entrance is, and let him go on his own, whatever he wants to do," Ham says in a video message posted on his Facebook page. "I'd be thrilled to be able to show Bill Nye through the Ark, and so I'll be interested to know if people out there think Bill Nye will take up my invitation. I hope that he does."

The Ark Encounter is a unique themed attraction park featuring a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark. It contains life-like figures of the animals that were saved during the Great Flood. The park also shows how Noah and his family managed to survive and weather 40 days of non-stop rain.

The Ark Encounter is still closed and will open on July 7, but the Creation Museum is already in operation.

Ham also offered free passes to the park for war vets this Monday.

"We at Answers in Genesis appreciate the sacrifice that U.S. veterans and active military personnel have made and continue to make for the freedoms we enjoy here in America. We'd like to thank our military personnel for the challenging work that they do every day. So as our gift, on Memorial Day, May 30, we're offering all U.S. veterans and military personnel free admission to the Creation Museum," Ham wrote on his website.

The Creation Museum hopes to explain the origins of the universe based on a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis from the Bible. There are dinosaur exhibits and a planetarium, as well as figures of well-known Biblical figures such as Moses, David, and Isaiah.