Source: Christianity Today
July 7, 2016
The Ark Encounter’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday drew thousands.
The Ark Encounter, a six-year, $100 million project by Ken
Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry, opened its doors
today. The 510-foot long, seven-story high boat is built
to biblical proportions and sits on 800 acres in
Thousands came for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday,
which drew on ancient Hebrew customs of placing 12 stones,
releasing doves, and playing a shofar.
“In a world that is becoming increasingly
secularized and biased, it’s time for Christians to
do something of this size and magnitude,” stated Ham.
Ham said he expects “a large percentage” of
visitors will be non-Christians. Answers in Genesis
predicts between 1.4 million and 2.2 million visitors will
see the ark in the first year, though a consultant for the
state earlier calculated that 640,000 was more likely.
Along with 125,000 square feet of exhibits on three decks,
the Ark Encounter also includes the Ararat Ridge Zoo,
camel and donkey rides, live entertainment, and a
1,500-seat themed restaurant.
Visitors called the park “breathtaking” with
“a lot of attention to details.” A group of
atheists also turned out to protest.
Ham’s next projects: a replica of a walled city
where Noah may have lived and a Tower of Babel.