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‘Ark’ Theme Park to Teach Creationism

Friday, November 20, 2015

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Families looking for a Biblical-based vacation experience might consider a new theme park that teaches lessons on creationism—and is prepared for a major flood.

The Ark Encounter theme park contains a full-size, wooden ark made in the likeness of Noah’s ark that is described in Genesis 6. The ark is part of a 800-acre theme park that also will feature themed restaurants and a petting zoo, according to Dezeen magazine.

Located near Williamstown, KY, the theme park is being developed by 501(c)(3) group Crosswater Canyon Inc., which is run by Answers Genesis.

The Troyer Group

When complete, the ark will be 508 feet long and 79 feet tall. Answers in Genesis says it will be the largest wooden structure in the U.S., but Dezeen notes it has a concrete shell.

The Kentucky-based group—which describes itself as an apologetics ministry that focuses on answering questions regarding creation, evolution, science and the age of Earth, and also runs the Creation Museum nearby—said it is building the ark to help remind Christians about the Bible’s account of the Ark.

Ark Design

According to Dezeen, the ark will be about 508 feet long and 79 feet tall. The Ark Encounter website says when complete, the ark will be the largest timber-frame structure in the United States when it is completed in the summer of 2016.

However, as Dezeen notes, the construction images show a concrete inner shell.

“The ark is based on the dimensions recorded in the Bible and was designed in accordance with sound, established nautical engineering practices of the biblical era,” Answers in Genesis told Dezeen.

“Through the construction of a massive full-scale Noah’s Ark, the Ark Encounter will present America and other nations with a reminder of the Bible’s account of the ark and the faithfulness of Noah.”

The Ark is being built by Mishawaka, IN-based The Troyer Group, which describes itself as a leader in sustainable design. Dezeen said that Amish carpenters are using modern techniques and tools, but much of the wood came from areas damaged by plagues of beetles or from sustainable forests.

Ark Encounter

In addition to the ark, the $86 million theme park will include themed restaurants and a petting zoo, as well as other creationism-based activities.

According to Dezeen, the ark will feature a curved bow, stern and sides and contain three floors of exhibits, including model dinosaurs.

“Scripture does not discuss the shape of Noah’s Ark beyond the overall proportions of length, breadth, and depth,” Answers in Genesis told Dezeen.

Scope of the Project

Dezeen reports that the theme park is expected to cost $86 million. So far, according to the Ark Encounter website, the group has raised nearly $24 million of the projected $29.5 million ark project through donations and future boarding passes. The rest of the project, the group said, will be funded and built over time.

The park is expected to employ 900 people. Between 1 million and 2 million visitors are expected to visit the park during its first year, Dezeen said. But in true Genesis fashion, the park will remain open only for 40 days and 40 nights during the summer—a reference to the number of days rain is said to have fallen during the Biblical flood.


Tagged categories: Amusement Complexes; Building Envelope; Concrete; Construction; Museums; North America; Wood

Comment from Mark Anater, (11/20/2015, 11:26 AM)

This thing has been a fraud since day one. AiG is getting tax subsidies in blatant violation of laws preventing state support of religious organizations and viewpoints. It gets around this by incorporating a separate management company for the park, but betrayed its real mission by refusing to hire anyone who didn't conform to its version of Christian beliefs. Its financing was always dicey, and now it appears to have little chance of ever opening, even though it is still trying to shake money out of gullible faithful. There's also the small matter of it insisting that a mythical story is historical fact.

Comment from Dennis Carrington, (11/21/2015, 11:10 AM)

Interesting concept, but if they expect to employ all those people, they might want to rethink the 40 days they plan on being open...

Comment from Roger Roberts, (11/25/2015, 5:59 PM)

Noah had his scoffers but Noah believed God and inherited all the real estate contained on this earth.

Comment from peter matelyan, (11/26/2015, 9:26 AM)

For those who hearts are so harden and sore, Iam sorry. Where the world delivers only pain and emptiness, let this park bring healing and a sense of joy to all those who will visit . I hope them much success .

Comment from Mark Anater, (11/30/2015, 4:33 PM)

Whether you're Christian or not should not make a difference in how you view this. They want taxpayers to help finance a religious viewpoint in grandiose fashion, because they can't afford to do it themselves. They want to discriminate in hiring on the public dime. On top of that, the park is unlikely to be profitable ever, even if it is built, so the public investment will not pay off. If you don't believe any of this is true, ask yourself whether you would accept a similar project with a religious view you don't like getting public assistance.

Comment from H. J. BOSWORTH, (12/2/2015, 11:23 AM)

Are we really looking at a creation by a group called answers in Genesis? Genesis was written by primitive people that had no concept of germs nor nutrition and did not know where the sun was at night! Religion has caused millions to die through the ages - we need to be free from it! And it is funny that modern science is used to build this farce.

Comment from Robert Crimmins, (12/23/2015, 7:24 AM)

I guess if you're going to claim the Earth was made in six days saying your timber frame building is the biggest in the country, when it isn't, is nothin'. Timber frame airship hangars in Oregon, California, North Carolina and New Jersey are twice the size of the ark building.

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