Our family recently enjoyed traveling to Williamstown, KY, for a mini-vacation to visit the newly-opened Ark Encounter. The ministry of Answers in Genesis has established the Ark Encounter to "bring the Ark of Noah’s day to life" and to declare the veracity of the Genesis account of the global flood.
We made sure to arrive and get in line for tickets before they opened for the morning, as we knew the crowds would be heavy during the first "40 days and 40 nights" after opening.
Shuttle buses loaded up visitors to take us from the parking lots to the Ark:
Pulling up in front of the life-size Ark, we were excited to begin our tour and to take photos in front of the towering structure.
"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." ~Hebrews 11:7
"Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. 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."~Genesis 6:14-16
The amount of wood-working throughout the vessel was amazing.
On the first deck were rows and rows of clay jars, bags of grain, and cages for small animals, representing possible methods of food and water storage, as well as to show how the animals may have been housed and cared for on the ark.
We wandered the spacious deck, as sound effects of crashing water, thunder, and birds chirping surrounded us.
If I remember correctly, the below racks of jars are where the reptiles or amphibians were kept:
Everything was very spacious and the exhibits well-made. We explored all 3 decks and stopped to read the informative scientific exhibits.
There were many researched explanations of possible ways logistics could have worked, in answer to skepticism and questions about the feasibility.
There were also displays portraying life in the pre- and post-Flood worlds.
This exhibit was meant to illustrate how the cartoonish drawings in children's books about Noah's Ark can make the history of the ark seem like a fictional story:
This sign next to the massive door into the ark pointed to Christ as the "Door" of salvation:
We "conversed" with animatronic Noah who was busy at his writing desk. He filled us in on several questions we were curious about. :)
The living quarters in the ark were stocked with all manner of supplies and furnishings for comfortable living, productive work, and relaxing entertainment. Below is the library:
Noah's sons were busy in the wood and metal-working workshops on the ark.
The kitchen and indoor garden area was a fun place to look around.
Noah reaches to catch the dove as it brings an olive leaf back to him, as Noah's wife looks on:
We enjoyed lunch at the double-decker restaurant outside the Ark:
We were glad we were able to see the Ark and that it gave testimony to the truth of God's Word.
In this video, you can follow along with Ken Ham as he meanders through the Ark Encounter!
The same day, we drove over to the Creation Museum to see what had been updated since we visited 9 years ago.
Have any of you been to see the Ark Encounter and/or Creation Museum or plan to?