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IMAGES: Tickets now on sale for the Ark Encounter

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The Ark's keel is now in place and 100 feet will be added to the stern. (Photo courtesy: Answers in Genesis) The Ark's keel is now in place and 100 feet will be added to the stern. (Photo courtesy: Answers in Genesis)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tickets for the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. are now on sale. 

Tickets are $40 for adults, $28 for children and $31 for seniors. Parking is $10.

According to a news release from Answers in Genesis, the organization behind the attraction, more than 1.4 million visitors are expected to tour the life-size re-creation of Noah's Ark in its first year of operation. 

With a nod to the number of days and nights it rained while Noah and his family were on the Ark, tickets will be sold for separate daytime or evening visits during the first 40 days of opening, starting July 7, 2016. 

[CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS]

Workers at the Williamstown site are busy constructing the internal exhibit areas of the Ark now that the external shell is largely complete. As the largest timber frame structure in the world – 510 feet long according to the dimensions specified in the Bible – the Ark Encounter is getting a lot of attention not just across America but around the world.

The Ark Encounter can accommodate about 16,000 guests per day, but more are expected during the first few weeks of opening, especially in the summer. That's why the park is selling daytime entry tickets and nighttime tickets for the first 40 days.

For the first 40 days, guests can purchase daytime tickets for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or nighttime tickets for 5 p.m. – midnight. The day and evening times will also offer some differing experiences.

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, 40 miles from the Ark site, has been visited by over 2.5 million guests since opening in 2007. In the past two years, the museum unveiled a world-class $1.5 million exhibit of an allosaur dinosaur skeleton, and hosted the famous Bill Nye/Ken Ham evolution-creation debate (conservatively estimated to have now been watched by upwards of 15 million people). 

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