Williamstown, KY – More than 8,300 VIP guests and 150 media representatives flooded the Ark Encounter, a life-size version of Noah’s Ark nestled on 800 acres in the rolling hills of Kentucky, on July 5th, 2016.

The crowd was bursting at the seams and stood around the ark in awe as Ken Ham addressed them.

“In a world that is becoming increasingly secularized and biased, it’s time for Christians to do something of this size and magnitude,” said Ham.

The Ark Encounter is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction.  It was built to the specifications from Genesis 6 which God gave to Noah.  Standing seven stories high, 510 feet in length, 85 feet in width, it is a massive gospel tract to the world.

“The research indicates a large percentage – maybe 40 percent or more – will be non-Christians,” remarked Ham.  “People from all over the world have heard of Noah’s Ark.”

Since this was an official ribbon cutting ceremony, Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton spoke to a portion of the 43,000 supporting donor families from across the nation.

“We are so blessed that this great, great attraction was built here in Kentucky,” said Hampton. “It’s just an honor to have this here. We hope to see millions come to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter.”

Noah’s Ark is one of the most well known – and mocked – historical accounts in the Bible.  Secular scientists have mocked Christians for believing in a global flood arguing that the account would be impossible and utterly ridiculous.

The Ark Encounter was constructed to counter this claims and attacks against scripture by showing the absolute possibility of its creation.  Its main goal, however, is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“The Ark is a reminder,” said Ham. “To remind generations of the truth of God’s Word. It’s our way of presenting this to the world.”

In addition to the full-scale Noah’s Ark with three decks of world-class exhibits in over 12,000 square feet, the Ark Experience theme park includes the Ararat Ridge Zoo, daily animal shows, zip lines, live entertainment, a 1,500-seat themed restaurant and fair-trade shopping.

 To accommodate the crowds expected within the first few weeks, the Ark will welcome visitors within the first “40 days and nights” from 9 a.m. to midnight, after which hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available at ArkEncounter.com and at on-site ticket offices. Admission is $40 for adults, $31 for seniors and $28 for children; parking is $10. There will be other ticket options, including combo tickets for the Ark and its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, plus a seven-day unlimited ticket to the Ark and Creation Museum.
The Creation Museum in Petersburg, 40 miles from the Ark Encounter, has been visited by over 2.6 million guests since opening in 2007 and has proved to be a major family attraction in the Midwest.
For more information about the Ark Encounter, visit http://www.arkencounter.com.

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