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. Lee

    Matthew 24:37-39
    37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

    So if you don't believe in the flood then you don't believe in Jesus as Lord. If you are a Christian then you believe in the flood.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  2. starfire

    Create jobs, bring in more people to boost local business. Tourists equal money. Yet I agree with ru serious there must be some predjudice that is driving this opposition. Like tax dollars should only be used to teach kids their parents might be monkeys.

    December 11, 2010 at 2:41 am |
  3. ru serious

    The government is not building it. A tax break is an incentive for some one to spend money in your state that would otherwise not. If they build, it will create real jobs not more gov. jobs that do take tax dollars. Those real jobs will support people and their families and will result in more tax dollars as they spend it. The people donating to this project may very likly also be giving to the poor and needy in their local areas as well as over seas. Shame on all you for bad mouthing people you don't know as if you are so much better than they are. As for seperation of church and state, the state is not forcing this to be built or trying to force anyone to believe it. There must be some other reason you are opposed to it because the Smithsonian display of a missing link that has even less historical evidence didn't bother you at all. Or am I reading you all wrong.

    December 11, 2010 at 1:08 am |
    • HotAirAce

      If I was an American and these folks got a tax break *and* they were also able to claim "not for profit" status, then I would be most unhappy. Said another way, if they are being treated as a business (who just happen to be peddling tribal mythological crap to the gullible) and they will be paying taxes just like any other business, then no problem.

      December 11, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  4. Dan


    I am an Australian. We poke fun at everyone but none more than ourselves believe me. Our country is still tethered to England and our Democracy is somewhat laughable. Americans do enjoy more freedoms than we do which is one of the reasons I enjoy going to your country and meeting the people. Your politics impact on ours as the Australian goverment has very close ties with the USA especial for the trade of our Resources which the Western half of the country is loaded with.

    So when your politics move to the right ours tend to and vice versa. In your system of Goverment I would not consider myself a liberal or a Republican just someone who wants a little more common sense in the way things are run. But when I see govenors in your country building arks and my country just having no common sense when it comes to things like school or health reform. Makes me smack my head against the desk whenever I read the news.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:11 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hello my Australian friend...!

      Very interesting...! Thanks for the comments on your country and the ties to the U.S. Looks and sounds like both our countries have quite a mess at hand sometimes...eh...?

      Anyways, I do love my country, and I've always wanted to visit Australia. *sigh*..


      December 11, 2010 at 1:17 am |
  5. Dan

    I really have to feel sorry for the yanks. Supposed to have a seperation of church and state. However the funny thing about the building of this ark will prove the Story of Noah False.

    Firstly they are not going to be building it with 8 people like Noah did but rather with 900 or so I believe. Not only that if they are building it to scale it is easily going to show it would not even fit 1% of the animal population onto the thing. Along with the little fact that all the animals went onto the ARK in Sevens except for those dirty animals like pigs and such which went in by pairs.

    The whole thing is a giant waste of money how many schools or hospitals could be built with that money. No lets try and drag one of the greatest countries in the world slowly back into the dark ages. Religion has had it's time it did a lot of good for humanity early on. However the technology and science we have today means Religion can not change to keep up it has hit a stagnation point. You can't make a new bible including all of our breakthrough's in science evolution and the universe and still have it anything like it was originaly written. Basicly it is time for Religion to slowly fade into the background and die away along with all the arrogance and ignorance that comes with it.

    Belief in god is fine Belief in a 2000 year old book that has more fantastical stories in it than the entire Disney movies list.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:23 am |
    • Peace2All


      Very Well Said... But, do ya' have to make fun of us 'yanks'...? A lot of us are already having a terrible time with the cr@p that goes on in the name of 'religion.'

      By the way... Where are you from...? Curious, as to what the climate is concerning these things in your country. (I'm as-suming from your comment above that you live in another country...?)

      Anyways, nice comment.


      December 9, 2010 at 2:39 am |
  6. JimBob

    I live in Kentucky and I'm against building this ridiculous park for many reasons, not just the utter stupidity of the ark story and the tax incentives. I'm hoping PETA or another animal rights group will fight it because of their intention to keep live animals on their 'ark.' From the NY Times: "Animals including giraffes — but only small, young giraffes — will be kept in pens on board." That makes me sick....

    December 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  7. canam2

    The Genesis account of the building of the ark (took 120 years!) does not have a boat-like bow or stern. It was a floating box! It wasn't going anywhere on its own so needed no steering. Noah and his family couldn't see what was happening outside in any case so they would not have been able to steer. Remember, they had to send out a couple of birds to gather evidence. A box in rainy conditions and 40 days of only floating around would be much more stable that the "thing" portrayed for this unusual park. As usual, however, Answers in Genesis doesn't have the right answer here. Why doesn't the state give real jobs to people. Surely there are roads and bridges to construct or repair and the hiways of America are in terrible shape. Use the federal funds for permanent things rather disgrace them by suppporting just another odd branch of disunited Christianity.

    December 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Mike Hawkener

    Creationism is one of the most ridiculous fantasies I have ever heard of.

    December 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • ojex

      so where did the first atom come from mike?

      @ybs, god and religions have nothing to do with how ridiculous people and their problems are.
      – Are you unaware that people are stupid?

      December 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  9. ybs

    god & religions are one big pile of dung! Most eat it; few resist!


    December 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  10. ybs

    god & religions are one big pile of dung! Most eat it; few resist! 🙂

    December 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  11. brad

    Whether Noah and the ark existed may not be as important as the message of the story: that humanity is relevant to a Being far superior to our own.
    The Darwin story, while largely true, has nothing to say about our relevance. Evolution acting by itself could not have produced a creature like humans who are in constant search for meaning. Maybe we're just an evolutionary freak.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  12. Andi

    Would God really be ok with this and if you are saying yes, then your god is pretty lame.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  13. uh oh

    how can it be a replica when its actually gonna be the first "Noahs Ark" ever made?

    December 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  14. Matt

    Yes, but will it be functional? I need to know so I can become a pirate with the coming of zombie jesus and the second great flood.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  15. gerry

    Any wonder why Kentucky is ranked 47th in Education levels? Maybe spend that money in your schools rather than building an homage to a fairy tale.

    Coincidentally enough, Kentucky is also ranked 47th in per capita income.

    December 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • aUtheistIc

      There's NOWHERE in the article that says, it's the government will be the on to fund it. As far as I could read it says "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." And even so, granting, the government will fund it from taxpayer's money, I bet those "1.6 million visitors" mentioned above are taxpayers right?

      December 3, 2010 at 2:38 am |
    • aUtheistIc

      And this could be a good tourist's spot. This could be a big help to promote tourism in the state.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  16. LJ

    I think the ark would be a nice attraction. I wouldn't mind seeing a built to scale ark. And I can see why some people could look at the stories in Genesis and call them false because they seem scientifically impossible in today's era of knowledge. I am a Christian and i don't believe the entire land mass of this planet was covered with water during the flood. And the story of Adam and Eve being the beginning of the human race is too simplistic of a beginning. I find it interesting that in the gospels Jesus doesn't talk about the beginning of the world. That being the case, there is other evidence outside of the bible that scientists have discovered that prove our life on this planet, in the solar system, located in this galaxy is rarer than most people realize. That life like what is found on this planet may not exist anywhere else in the universe, considering its vastness, is a statement in itself. Planetary science has revealed so much within the last few years about our heritage on this planet. Is the story of creation hard to believe in Genesis? yes. But we can still learn from its moral lesson.Does that mean God doesn't exist. No. There is more to God than what is in the Book of Genesis. Look up in the night at the universe and think about how much we don't know. This tiny blue planet is insignificant compared to what's outside our atmosphere, and so very fragile.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      LJ, it doesn't that God exists either.

      December 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • And the winner is...

      The better question is why build? What better use could these materials go towards. How many houses for the under-privileged could be built. How much food could be bought with the money? How many people could a good Christian save with the resources that will be wasted on this inane project? Hypocrites, your desire to save only goes as far as yourselves and your bank accounts. That's all this is about, the bottom line and the next dollar.

      December 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • aUtheistIc

      And the answer is...it's for the 1.6 million visitors a year or the 63% of American population. Read the entire aricle so that will not get lost.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:43 am |
  17. Robert Raymond

    I'm sorry, but if you're going to build full-sized "replicas" of vehicles from fiction, my choice would be a TIE Fighter.

    (replicas is in quotes because it can't really be a replica of something because that would imply a copy of something that actually existed at some point)

    December 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • Bob

      I want a full size replica of that chick from the movie species.

      December 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  18. Jim the worker

    Replica of what ? It would be like building a giant batmobile !? This whole genesis story has reallly gotten out of hands

    December 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  19. Redheadeddmbfan

    I"ve got 4 words for all of you bad mouthing my state and town. MAKERS MARK. JIM BEAM! If your states so smart why aren't you making it?

    December 2, 2010 at 7:57 am |
    • Bob

      Because they make better booze?

      December 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  20. 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

    Heres a question that comes up often. "Should a Christian Believe in Evolution?"


    December 2, 2010 at 7:07 am |
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