The Ark Encounter

The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind biblically-themed  tourist attraction, located in north-eastern Kentucky.  In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it will present a number of historical events as found in the Book of Genesis – all centered around a full-size, all-wood Ark – which when completed, will be the largest timber-framed structure in the world.  Based upon a cubit being 20.4 inches – the Ark will be 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, 50 feet high, and is being constructed by Amish builders.  It will include hundreds of different displays, including over 200 kinds of sculptured animals (including miniature dinosaurs) all in individual stalls.  Plus, how Noah and his family would have lived on board and even an animatronic version of Noah that will answer questions.  Dr. Ken Ham, who founded Answers In Genesis in 1994 and also oversaw the building of the Creation Museum, stated, “I’ll be the first to admit that many previous attractions in the Christian world have been rather cheesy and not up to scratch, but this will be different.  Today, people expect the quality of Disney World and that is what you’ll find here.”  At a cost of $91 million dollars (of which $80 million has already been raised) 2,000,000 initial visitors are projected.  And this past week, the official opening date was announced as July 7, 2016.  (7/7 was chosen based upon Genesis 7:7, And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his son’s wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.)  As well, because of the large crowds expected, until August 15, 2016 – the hours will be extended for forty days (9:00 – 4:00) and forty nights (5:00 – 12:00).  Admission boarding passes are priced at $40 for adults, $31 for seniors, and $28 for children.  Of interest, Dr. John Whitcomb was present for the opening announcement.  It was his 1960 book, The Genesis Flood (co-authored with the late Dr. Henry Morris) that turned Ken Ham himself into a real biblical creationist.