Update: The Ark Encounter, a six-year, $100 million project by Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry, opened its doors today. The 510-foot long, seven-story high boat is built to biblical proportions and sits on 800 acres in Williamstown, Kentucky.
Thousands came for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, which drew on ancient Hebrew customs of placing 12 stones, releasing doves, and playing a shofar.
“In a world that is becoming increasingly secularized and biased, it’s time for Christians to do something of this size and magnitude," stated Ham.
Ham said he expects “a large percentage” of visitors will be non-Christians. Answers in Genesis predicts between 1.4 million and 2.2 million visitors will see the ark in the first year, though a consultant for the state earlier calculated that 640,000 was more likely.
Along with 125,000 square feet of exhibits on three decks, the Ark Encounter also includes the Ararat Ridge Zoo, camel and donkey rides, live entertainment, ...1