Noah’s Ark attraction opens in Ky.


510-foot-long attraction based on dimensions in Bible

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News An artist rendering is displayed at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. The Ark Encounter opened its season July 7 and will run through Aug. 15.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The flood is referenced on Deck 1 of the structure while technology used is highlighted on Deck 2 as well as interactive areas. On Deck 3, guests can explore daily life on the Ark.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark, and according to Ken Ham, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers stain the outside of Noah’s living quarters recently at the Ark Encounter. The Ark Encounter opened July 7 and will run its opening season through Aug. 15.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark. According to founder Ken Ham, right, at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, the enormous structure will bring the biblical account to life.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter add finishing touches recently to the massive structure, which is seven stories tall. According to Ken Ham, founder, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter built a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark just south of Cincinnati in Williamstown, Ky. Ken Ham, founder, said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true.


WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A 510-foot-long, $100 million Noah’s ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened opened in Kentucky this week.

“I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark.

Ham said the massive ark, which has seen controversy, is based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true. The group invited media and thousands of supporters for a preview Tuesday, the first glimpse inside the giant, mostly wood structure.

“People are going to come from all over the world,” Ham said to thousands of people in front of the ark.

The ark opened to the public Thursday and Ham’s group has estimated it will draw 2 million visitors in its first year, putting it on par with some of the big-ticket attractions in nearby Cincinnati.

The group says the ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible. Inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.

The group believes that God created everything about 6,000 years ago — man, dinosaur and everything else — so dinosaurs still would’ve been around at the time of Noah’s flood. Scientists say dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared.

Ham said the total cost of the ark surpassed $100 million.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News An artist rendering is displayed at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. The Ark Encounter opened its season July 7 and will run through Aug. 15.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News An artist rendering is displayed at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky. The Ark Encounter opened its season July 7 and will run through Aug. 15.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The flood is referenced on Deck 1 of the structure while technology used is highlighted on Deck 2 as well as interactive areas. On Deck 3, guests can explore daily life on the Ark.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News The flood is referenced on Deck 1 of the structure while technology used is highlighted on Deck 2 as well as interactive areas. On Deck 3, guests can explore daily life on the Ark.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark, and according to Ken Ham, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark, and according to Ken Ham, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers stain the outside of Noah’s living quarters recently at the Ark Encounter. The Ark Encounter opened July 7 and will run its opening season through Aug. 15.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers stain the outside of Noah’s living quarters recently at the Ark Encounter. The Ark Encounter opened July 7 and will run its opening season through Aug. 15.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark. According to founder Ken Ham, right, at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, the enormous structure will bring the biblical account to life.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News The Ark Encounter is a replica to size to Noah’s Ark. According to founder Ken Ham, right, at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, the enormous structure will bring the biblical account to life.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter add finishing touches recently to the massive structure, which is seven stories tall. According to Ken Ham, founder, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter add finishing touches recently to the massive structure, which is seven stories tall. According to Ken Ham, founder, it is the largest timber frame structure in the world.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter built a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark just south of Cincinnati in Williamstown, Ky. Ken Ham, founder, said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_160504aw_Ark_8046.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Workers of the Ark Encounter built a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark just south of Cincinnati in Williamstown, Ky. Ken Ham, founder, said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true.
510-foot-long attraction based on dimensions in Bible
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