Full-Scale Replica Of Noah's Ark Planned for outside Cincinnati
December 1st, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Full-Scale Replica Of Noah's Ark Planned for outside Cincinnati

Editor's Note: This story comes from CNN Affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Creation Museum will announce details Wednesday afternoon of its planned expansion.

Answers In Genesis, which built and operates the religious-themed attraction, plans to build a full-scale wooden replica of Noah's Ark based on biblical descriptions.

The $24.5 million project will be constructed by the same team that built the Creation Museum.

The religious ministry is soliciting online donations to help construct the project, which they expect to draw an estimated 1.6 million visitors per year.

Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers In Genesis, cites poll data showing that an estimated 63 percent of Americans would visit a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark if one were built in the U.S.

Read the full story from WLWT.

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soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Bunny

    The Creation museum that they built on one of the most fossil rich [evolution supporting] sites in the country? I can't wait to see how they top that one.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  2. please step out of the ark

    i've always wanted to see what thousands, and thousands, and thousands, and thousands of stalls would look like.
    also, a couple notes on the picture at the top: millions of tons of wood in the desert? c'mon. and, i admire the guy on the right with the 15 gallons of water. "it's alright, thousands of desert people building an ark, i have 15 gallons of water."

    December 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
    • jeff

      Dude, God tells Noah in Genesis 6:14, "make yourself an ark of gopher wood". And when you run out of wood, gopher more... 🙂

      December 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  3. JohnQuest

    Indigenous people of Australia.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  4. JohnQuest

    Monkeyboy, that would of course explain it better that the story of Noah. To all of you relying on Faith which sounds more probable, coastal flooding due to the raise in sea water or a worldwide flood that killed everything and everybody except Noah and the boys? For those that believe the story of Noah is true, I hope you have an answer for indigenous people of; their history dates back more than 20,000 years.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  5. Observer

    Is the replica being created by a 600-year-old man?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  6. Monkeyboy

    At the end of the last major ice age sea level rose worldwide. That is why cultures around the world have flood stories. It truly was a worldwide flood inundating coastal areas, which is where the majority of the world's population lived.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  7. JohnQuest

    WheatArded, If faith is an acceptable concept, why is it not acceptable for a pilot to rely on faith to land a plane or a bus driver to rely on faith to guide the bus. Would you take your child to a "faith" healer or a certified doctor if he/she had a medical condition? How far should we accept this thing called faith?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • please step out of the ark

      hey, quit trying to teach facts. they aren't welcome round these here parts.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  8. JohnQuest

    Bradleyford, good point, however, if the flood wiped out everybody except the one telling the story how is that others are telling the story? Or am I missing something?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
    • Bradleyford

      Noah wasn't the only person on the ark, he took his family with him too. After the flood Noah's descendants began to repopulate the earth. Each going their own way and taking the story with them.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
    • civiloutside

      Or... if many cultures are descended from a diaspora of survivors from a massive flood that rendered their previous (and relatively small) stomping grounds – which up until that point had been "their whole world" – they might easily carry the same story.

      December 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
    • whatev'

      Bradleyford – for a successful growth of a society with out the issues that come up due to long term interbreeding you have to have 23 mated pairs not 3 who go in completely different directions on the planet leaving up their kids to marry each other and then their kids marry each other. Those groups would of been unable to have children within a few generations. Just like we couldn't all come from Adam & Eve who only had sons.... unless that is the bible telling us that two men can have babies if they try hard enough.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:44 am |
  9. Bradleyford

    Many cultures actually have stories that talk of a great flood that changed the world. Every story is a little different though, probably because it was passed down through word of mouth, but they obviously were derived from one event.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  10. WheatArded

    please stop the religious arguments here, Its called FAITH for a reason! You've either got it, or you don't. Grow up and stop trying to mold my views into yours. If you don't accept it, that is your choice.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  11. WheatArded

    ITS ACCEPT.... ACCEPT dammit! not EXCEPT which is like exempt, 'taken-out of" fools

    December 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  12. Willie

    So Noah or whoever was supposed to be on this boat lived within walking distance of every species on this planet?

    December 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  13. What a Joke

    Let me do some calculations... Hmmmm, we have an estimated 1.6M people that visit at say $25 a pop... that comes to about $40M in gross revenue. You think this is about religion.. this is about the almighty dollar. If jesus was real, he would burn this thing down.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  14. JohnQuest

    Pinder, I would like to agree but people will see what they want to see, no matter the facts.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  15. Pinder

    Perhaps once the replica is constructed we can turn it into a fully functional zoo!! ... I wonder once its built if people will realize how stupid the story is since it will likely not be able to accommodate two of every living creature (minus whales, whales hold their own).

    "I cannot believe in a god that needs to be praised all the time". F.N.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm |

    Can someone explain to me why this needs to be done? Can't we find a better use of the funds that this project would use? There are people out of work, familys struggling to pay for their homes and buy food, and so much other things that need to be done. People that have this much money to spend should spend it on things that maybe God and Christ would approve like helping their fellow man instead of building what could be seen as a modern day idol to Noah instead of an "attraction" to be seen.

    Spend the money on something that will help people get better jobs and feed their family's not build something that when the "attraction" is over it will become a monument to folly.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • bennyblack1

      PRIVATE funds are being used to fund the project, and it's providing EMPLOYMENT you IDIOT.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  17. A Sad Cincinnatian

    It makes me sad when this is the stuff that gets us press. What's sad is that the current governor of KY (which is where this is being built) is saying that they might receive public funds for it solely on the premise that it "could" bring millions of dollars in revenue and "900 jobs." I doubt it.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      I don't doubt it, if\when it is built, religious folk we flock to it, they will of course have to charge an admission "donation".

      December 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • Langdon

      Build it and they will come and empty their pockets...filling our coffers. Suckers.

      December 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  18. JohnQuest

    Dan, I don't think their faith runs that deep.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  19. Dan Tanner

    Everyone who believes the rapture will really occur on May 21. 2011 (www.tennessean.com/article/20101201/NEWS06/12010350/Nashville+billboards+claim+Jesus+will+return+May+21++2011&h=c0e22) should put their money on it and irrecovably give me all their money on May 22, 2011.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Don't give it to Dan. Give it to me. I'll refund 50% if you're wrong.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
    • Ann

      I'll refund 75% and throw in a free t-shirt that says, "I survived the Apocalypse and all I got is this lousy t-shirt". An organic cotton t-shirt because once we all get the fact that this is our one and only planet, maybe we'll start taking care of it.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
    • civilioutside

      There's this guy I read about who's offering to take care of the pets of those who are Raptured. You see, some people were wondering what would happen to their beloved pets after Jesus comes to take their owners away and they no longer have anyone to care for them. So this guy offers them contracts (payable in advance, of course, since they won't be around afterwards to pay him) in which he agrees to take in and care for their pets after the Rapture. Free money!

      December 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Dan Tanner

    I didn't want to write the above, but a witch made me do it bu turning me into a frog (but I got better).

    December 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
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