The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction. In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it presents a number of historical events centered on a full-size, all-wood Ark, which should become the largest timber-frame structure in the USA.
Plans for the attraction include a Walled City, the Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village, a journey in history from Abraham to the parting of the Red Sea, a walk-through aviary, a large petting zoo, and so on.
It is designed to be family oriented, historically authentic, and environmentally friendly.
We also plan for the Ark Encounter to include daily live mammal and bird shows, an extensive interactive children’s area, live entertainment, and many themed restaurants, creative food outposts, and shopping.
The Ark Encounter will be one of the largest “green” construction projects in the country, taking advantage of the latest environmental technologies to be good stewards of creation.
Yes, we are constructing a full-scale, all-wood ark based on the dimensions provided in the Bible (
Through the construction of a massive full-scale Noah’s Ark, the Ark Encounter will present America and other nations with a reminder about the Bible’s account of the Ark.
Many of the same talented team members that built the successful, high-tech Creation Museum are returning for the Ark Encounter. This new project is positioned to become an attraction that will capture the world's attention.
A private Limited Liability Company (LLC) will own the Ark Encounter. A non-profit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis will be one of the members of the LLC and will also be the managing member responsible for day-to-day operations.
We anticipate employing up to 900 full and part-time staff at the Ark Encounter. It is also anticipated that additional staff will also be added at the Creation Museum to support its expected attendance increase.
The Ark Encounter will be an immersive, historically themed experience for the whole family focused on having fun while learning about history. It is not an amusement park. It will feature a number of daily live performances, as well as live special events. It will also include “edu-tainment” aspects–educational and entertaining experiences within each attraction.
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Staff for the Ark Encounter will be hired by the Ark Encounter LLC sometime in 2013. We will make their contact information available on this site at the appropriate time.
Construction, design, and other trade companies may provide contact information that will be forwarded to the construction management company as it is received.
We are considering a site in Grant County within a 40-mile interstate drive of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
With the land currently under consideration, the Ark Encounter would be about a 45-minute drive from the Creation Museum. It is a separate, distinct attraction. While the Ark Encounter will complement the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter is a special destination; either attraction could hold the interest of guests for the better part of two days. Visitors can conveniently plan their overnight stays between these two popular attractions and enjoy both over a long weekend or take an extended vacation in the greater Cincinnati area.
No. The Creation Museum is a special teaching ministry of Answers in Genesis and will continue to grow at its current location in Petersburg, Kentucky (west of the Cincinnati Airport). It will also go through its own expansion program to accommodate the anticipated increase in attendance expected from the Ark Encounter in the region.
There are numerous hotels and restaurants within a 30-minute drive from the Ark Encounter’s projected location. We expect that many more will be built close to the Ark Encounter prior to our grand opening.
We are projecting construction to begin in 2011 and a grand opening in the spring of 2014.
Phase One is projected to open in Spring 2014 and will include 95% of the planned attractions. In Phase Two, a butterfly emporium and a 500-seat indoor theater will be added, which will begin based on funding and Ark Encounter attendance.
Based on an extensive independent feasibility study conducted by America’s Research Group, we expect over 1,600,000 guests our first year. Creation Museum attendance is also likely to increase by over 200,000 guests during the same year, to a total of about 500,000.
There will be several categories of tickets, ranging from single day to multi-day to season passes. The average one-day ticket price is expected to be comparable to other regional attractions.
Yes. Prior to opening, the Ark Encounter will offer a special Charter Boarding Pass program. Details will be revealed on the Ark Encounter website when available.
Charter Boarding Passes are the top-of-the-line lifetime memberships (not donations) that provide access to both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum located 45 minutes away.
Several additional, unique benefits provided with the Charter Boarding Pass program include free parking, annual one-time use guest passes, discounts on food and merchandise, and invitations to special behind-the-scenes events.
There will be a nominal fee for parking at the Ark Encounter. However, free parking will be provided year-round for those purchasing certain Charter and Annual Boarding Passes. For information on boarding pass programs, go to ArkEncounter.com.
Yes. The Ark Encounter, like several other attractions nearby, will be designed for year-round operation, and it will be open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. While some attractions are outside, most experiences (the Ark, Babel, petting zoo, etc.) will be indoors.
The Ark Encounter will be built by a for-profit private LLC and will raise $125,000,000. Answers in Genesis (the builders of the Creation Museum) will contribute an additional $24,500.000 for the construction of Noah’s Ark through donations.
The bulk of the Ark Encounter will be built by the limited liability company (LLC). The Ark structure itself will be funded through donations.
Individuals may make tax-deductible donations through the “Ark Pegs, Planks, & Beams” program, which gives everyone the opportunity to sponsor an actual peg, plank or beam that will be used to build the Ark. Sponsors will receive benefits that include a certificate of authenticity and special invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and grand opening events. Through the Ark website (ArkEncounter.com), all sponsors will have the opportunity to see the general location where their sponsored peg, plank, or beam is located in the Ark.
In a sense, the Ark Encounter is both a for-profit and not-for-profit endeavor. The Ark Encounter is a for-profit operation but is managed by a non-profit subsidiary ministry of Answers in Genesis. The LLC and its members will be responsible for all of the normal taxes required for pass-through business entities.
The Ark Encounter is going to be built by The Troyer Group, a leader in sustainable design, headquartered in Mishawaka, Indiana.
The Troyer Group has expertise in architectural, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management, and construction administrative services. All of these will be used in the Ark Encounter project.
The Creation Museum’s talented design director, Patrick Marsh, will be heading up design and “theming” of all of the attractions, to ensure that the quality mirrors that of the Creation Museum in every area.
Yes. The Troyer Group in Mishawaka, Indiana heads our construction management team. It has one of the largest LEED certified (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) staffs in the Midwest. We intend to integrate solar panels along with passive solar, geothermal, water, and wind technologies into our mechanical systems, as well as some other innovative and sustainable technologies to maintain good stewardship during construction and for long-term operations.
We plan to use as many local companies and locally manufactured products as possible in order to maximize efficiency while also enhancing the local economy.
Because feasibility studies revealed that the Ark would attract 1.6 million guests in the first year, the project needed to be much more than just the Ark alone to handle the anticipated crowds. Accordingly, eight additional biblically themed attractions were included in the Ark Encounter complex to accommodate all of the expected guests.
Due to the size of the Ark Encounter project, a for-profit LLC structure was selected to be able to help raise the approximately $150 million necessary to build it ($125 million of that total will come through investments). We also desired to avoid financing the project through debt. In addition, this large amount of funding would not have been probable solely through donations. The for-profit LLC structure allows for the primary funding to come from private equity investment, while at the same time ensuring that the control of the content, design, and operations of the Ark Encounter will be led by Crosswater Canyon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Answers in Genesis.
The for-profit LLC structure also allows the Ark Encounter to be eligible for various economic development incentives that would not have been available with a non-profit structure.