Answers in Genesis, an apologetics and worldview ministry specializing in the authority of the Bible and in Genesis-related issues, plans to construct a full-size all-wood replica of Noah’s Ark to proclaim to the world that God’s Word is true. It will be the main feature of the Ark Encounter theme park.
Preliminary research for the project estimated attendance at 1.6 million people in the first year alone with an economic impact of $591 million. Over 10 years the impact will exceed $4.8 billion and create 14,000 private sector jobs.
A respected market research company, America’s Research Group, conducted a nationwide survey (independent of religious affiliation) to gauge interest in the Ark. A whopping 63% (representing 194 million Americans) said they would visit a full-size Ark replica.
Because so many people will visit the Ark, plans were expanded to provide a large complex of 9 major attractions to spread out visitors among multiple viewing areas and reduce lines at the Ark. The expected adult entry fee is in the middle to upper thirties.
The 40-acre Walled City will be the park entry and will depict the lifestyle of Noah’s times. It will include restaurants, period shops, Bible event venues, and Noah’s house.
The Biblically-sized Noah’s Ark, located outside the city wall, will contain Biblically-themed exhibits to show how the Ark could have been built and how Noah’s family tended the animals while surviving a year on the ark. The Ark rests at the north end of a large lake. This is the venue for a daily show featuring a parade of animals and a dramatic demonstration of how “the fountains of the great deep burst open” (Genesis 7:11).
The Noah’s Animals area is a petting zoo with live animal and bird shows illustrating some of the animal kinds on the Ark.
The walk-through Aviary has close-encounter viewing platforms inside three bird sanctuaries and a butterfly house.
The 100-foot Tower of Babel depicts a conjectured model of the Tower and includes exhibits on the origin of languages and people groups. It includes a 500-seat special effects theater.
The Walk-Thru Bible History uses special effects to share with visitors events the Israelites experienced from Abraham to Moses. This includes the 10 plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.
The Children’s Play Area next to the next to the zoo is an interactive fun-filled Biblically-themed exploration area with climbing structures, bridge nets, slides, zip lines. Designed for multi-generational family participation, it includes an indoor and outdoor discovery center.
The First-Century Village is a typical middle-eastern village of 2,000 years ago with costumed villagers, houses, synagogue, sheepfold, olive press, watchtowers, and terraced farms. A themed dining facility serves first-century meals, and a Performing Arts Theater has a combination live and video show.
The Special Events Area outside the walled city provides facilities for large group meetings and private events. It showcases green building techniques used for the Ark. Soli Deo Gloria.
Read the prequels in this series of posts on Rebuilding Noah’s Ark:
1. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Intro
2. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Kentucky Governor – with YouTube videos
3. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – How Big?
4. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter video
Read the sequel:
6. Rebuilding Noah’s Ark – Location with maps
See these articles and posts for more information on Noah’s Ark and the Flood:
Noah’s Flood—Key to the Past
Noah’s Flood—A Global Event
Noah’s Ark Replicas
Noah’s Ark Found?
Noah’s Ark Model in Holland with pictures
Noah’s Ark Found? with YouTube video and pictures
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Monday January 17, 2011 A.D.
Read my January 2011 Bible-Science column
Adam’s Mythical Diary 3.
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. “And this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. “You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. “And behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark– you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. “Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind shall come to you to keep them alive. “And as for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” (Genesis 6:11-21)