Ark Encounter opens in northern Kentucky
The $100 million, life-size replica of Noah's Ark opened at 9 o'clock this morning near Williamstown, Kentucky.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The $100 million, life-size replica of Noah's Ark opened this morning near Williamstown, Kentucky.
It's more than 500 feet long and 51 feet tall, with 132 exhibit bays inside the massive structure, including a talking Noah, family living quarters, and animal displays.
Larry Ross gave us an idea of what people can expect to see.
"It's actually exhibits within an exhibit," Ross said. "The ark itself is an exhibit, nothing like it as a structure. It was designed as a ship but built as a building. Inside there are three decks that contain 132 exhibits -- 125,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.
Ross says the first deck is filed with the animals that were on the voyage with Noah. The second deck contains Noah's workshop, a blacksmith, and more animals.
"And then on the third floor are some teaching exhibits: what was happening during the flood, how they lived inside the ark, how they got rid of the waste, that kind of thing," Ross said.
Ross describes the craftsmanship as "breathtaking." "
"It's exquisite," he said. "It's beyond Hollywood. It's very Disney-esque in terms of production value.
Ross says several thousand tickets were pre-sold online for today's opening. The park opened at 9 a.m., and a long line of visitors have been streaming in ever since, taking in the experience.
"It's amazing," said Matthew Smith. "It's great that you have an organization like this willing to put this together so people can see how God has acted in the past, present and in the future."
For the first 40 the ark will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight to accommodate anticipated crowds.
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