Since we spent about a month in the Tristate area of Ohio, Indian and Kentucky we decided a much-needed pit stop was in order. A Brother in Messiah and friend of ours works at The Ark Encounter and could get us an employee discount. This was a major blessing for us. We were so excited!
It was a cold day when we went. Once you park your car and buy your ticket, there is a bus waiting for you.
The bus ride was pleasantly warm and cozy. Which was a treat to be thankful for since it was so cold that day. We found it a little odd that we were required to take a bus ride up to the ark. But way back through the trees and up the hill from the parking lot we could see what looked like the ark.
“I’ll never forget that moment when I first saw the life size Ark! Literally, with tears in my eyes I must admit I had a WOW moment!” -Sister Linda
It was amazing as we got closer to the Ark it appeared to grow bigger and bigger! We were getting excited! And there it was…
We thought the walk from the outdoor ticket stand was long in the cold. It was an even longer walk from the bus to the Ark! Brother Danny was a gentleman and let Sister Linda use his coat. NOTE TO ANYONE VISITING THE ARK: Make sure you bring a jacket and dress to be warm. When you enter the ark there is a queue line to walk up to the top and it’s not heated very well. We were shivering and our teeth were chattering when we got up to the top.
Once we got to the top there was a photographer waiting to take our picture.
As you can tell, we were in front of a green screen in our picture.
(Left to Right: Brother Michael, Brother Danny, Sister Linda, Sister Felicia and Brother Daniel)
Truly the Ark Encounter was a remARKable experience for our entire family! We would like to share some pictures of it with you. Hope you enjoy!
As we walked into the ark our excitement was building up. The sound effects of animals, water dripping; very realistic. There was even a smell of barn animals in the beginning! Very real! Truly the Ark Encounter indeed brings the Bible to life more than anything we could ever imagine!
As we came through there were lots of cages/hutches. Each cage area had sound effects of different animals! Very cool!
Along the sides of the areas for the cages there are mock bags of feed for the animals! Walking through and seeing bag after bag really shows how much planning there truly was when Noah and his family built it. Here is just a small section of the bags that Brother Danny and Sister Linda were standing in front of.
Not only did Noah need to plan for food, but also water! Lined up along side the walls nearby the cages were also large clay vessels of water! Sister Linda, Brother Michael, Sister Felicia and Brother Daniel are standing there besides them.
Sister Linda and Brother Danny getting a closer look at the cages! It sounded like these cages had ferrets or squirrels inside them!
More water vessels Brother Daniel, Sister Felicia and Brother Michael are standing near. So many water vessels! You don’t realize how much Noah and his family really had to do until you see the extensiveness and details in this life size Ark!
Here are some more vessels. We are finally coming to the end of this area. Look at the details of everything. It was like walking through time! As if Noah or one of his family were going to walk around the corner to greet us at any second!
There were also larger cages full of a large variety of animals and their kind. Again, the details were so intricate and realistic! Job well done to the 3D designers of the Art Encounter!
Here is one of the ladies, whether it be Noah’s Wife or Daughter in Law, she is feeding this large mammal!
Sister Linda and Felicia standing near one of the amazing painted murals that could be found along the way into the Exhibits.
The artwork is indeed very vivid and detailed!
Brothers Michael and Daniel standing besides this mural of the Creation week!
Here is another mural the ladies stood by for a picture. It talks about how Noah brought the Dinosaurs and other large animals. But it was impractical to bring the adults! Did you ever think about it? It was very practical to bring the animals when they were small and young! I wonder if that means puppies and kittens too?
Hey, would you look at that! We did see Noah, his wife, two sons and their wives! Life-like models of course. Just like the models at Ken Ham’s Creation Museum. They are very detailed and well made. Not that we have been to that many museums, but the ones we have been too, Ken Ham’s models are the best we’ve seen!
There is a “Great Flood” story in many cultures all around the world! But only one, the one from the Scriptures is accurate and possible. This Exhibit described each of the different ‘Great Flood” stories and showed some models of how impossible a few of them were.
The Wunambal Legend
Epic of Gilgamesh
A very cool 3D model of the Ark.
Next we got to walk through Exhibits of the Living Quarters of Noah and his family
The Living/Seating Room area. It looks like they were busy snapping green beans!
Here is the growing area. The garden green house they had!
Sister Felicia here looking at the knitting loom setup. Very cool!
Some supplies up in the loft!
Question and Answer sessions with Noah! There was a touch screen to ask Noah a question. He actually gave us a very detailed answer.
Sister Felicia and Sister Linda at the workman’s Exhibit. Indeed, Noah and his sons were very wise and blessed with much knowledge from YAH to build this ark to save man and the animals of this world!
Brother Danny, Brother Michael and Brother Daniel at the workshop Exhibit!
A view from the top floor of the Ark.
As mentioned above. The Ark Encounter is truly a remARKable Museum. If you are ever in the area of even live nearby you should really stop in and spend the day!
Sister Felicia and Brother Daniel taking a much needed break at the benches on the top floor of the Ark. Indeed it is a day trip! So much to see, do and learn here at the Ark Encounter!
Until next time, this is the McGuire Family! Looking forward to seeing you at our next tour stop! We’ll be heading to Florida soon after we finish a couple more places here in the tri-state area of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky!