Three years ago, Answers in Genesis (AiG) partnered with the Ark Encounter LLC to construct a full-scale Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in northern Kentucky.
Last month, the organization revealed a topographical model of the Ark Encounter’s first phase, which will feature a full-size Ark and petting zoo.
Since then, anticipation has been building again for the one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction, which will be constructed in Williamstown, KY.
“We are very pleased to be a part of this new project,” said Ken Ham, President and Founder of AiG and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. “We hope that this fun and educational complex called the Ark Encounter will become another popular tourist destination for the state.”
A feasibility study conducted by the renowned America’s Research Group has indicated that the Ark Encounter may attract 1.6 million visitors in the first year and is expected to employ up to 900 full- and part-time staff.
In addition to the full-size Ark, the complex will – in subsequent phases – include a walled city much like those found in ancient times, live animal shows, a children’s interactive play area, a replica of the Tower of Babel with exhibits, a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater, an aviary, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.
To showcase the “green” construction methods and materials that will be used, the complex will also include a Special Events Area for large gatherings, highlighting some of the Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building techniques used to construct the Ark Encounter.
Depending on fundraising, construction could begin in 2014 and a grand opening for the full-size Ark and petting zoo as early as 2015.
For information on the Ark Encounter, visit ArkEncounter.com.
Published: November 14, 2013