The builders of the Creation Museum plan to build a full size replica of Noah’s Ark as the centerpiece of a new religious themed amusement park. Answers in Genesis, builders of the Creation Museum, will build the religious-themed amusement park in Kentucky.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday to talk about the venture


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  1. #1 gwen
    December 1, 2010

    GREAT! The dimensions are all in the bible. THEN, I’d like for them to show EXACTLY how every animal on earth was able to live on it for 40 days and 40 nights!

  2. #2 HFM
    December 1, 2010

    Well, at least it’ll keep them busy.

    In fact, I hope they go for the real full-size replica. You know, the one with space to put all the millions of different species, times two, plus months of food for them. The beetle area alone will keep them occupied for quite some time.

    Somebody should tell them Noah gold-plated the ark. Better the money goes to build a monument to stupid than into the pockets of activist groups trying to legislate the stupid.

  3. #3 Rick Pikul
    December 1, 2010

    40 days?

    Nope, Try 8 months once you include floating around for 100 days and sitting hung up on a rack for 100 days.

    Here’s an amusing challenge for them, how long could they last with just a selection of Middle-Eastern farm animals and 8 people. If Noah could do it with elephants and rhinos, they should be able to do it with a few dozen animals in total, (and none bigger than a ox).

  4. #4 MartinDH
    December 1, 2010

    I hope they can demonstrate its seaworthiness!

    What pisses me off is that the state governor is entangling himself (and hence, the state) into this project.

    Longer than 40 days…that was just the period it rained! According to the myth, the time they spent bobbing around was a year.

  5. #5 Muhammad Zamiluddin Khan
    December 1, 2010

    I hope the Muslims in USA would also come forward and would be supported people like Greg Laden for building religious theme Park focusing on Prophet Abraham’s Legacy with specific emphasis on Prophet Muhammad [PBUH} and his message.


    Muhammad Zamiluddin Khan,92,HSPH

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    December 1, 2010

    Muhammad, if you think this blog is supporting the building of the Ark theme park, I don’t think you’ve read the comments.

  7. #7 darwinsdog
    December 1, 2010

    I always wondered whether Noah’s flood was fresh water or salt. Either way, osmoregulating fishes could probably handle it but it would certainly matter to osmoconformers. If fresh, the ark would need to contain aquaria large enough to contain whale sharks & Mola the ocean sunfish. If salt the aquaria wouldn’t have to be quite so large but still big enough to house giant pimelodid & pangassid catfishes, Arapaima and the like. I wonder what sort of filtration system Noah installed.

  8. #8 Pierce R. Butler
    December 1, 2010

    Are they going to build it out of genuine Gopherwood™?

  9. #9 Pierce R. Butler
    December 1, 2010

    Muhammad Zamiluddin Khan @ # 5: … religious theme Park focusing on Prophet Abraham’s Legacy with specific emphasis on Prophet Muhammad …

    If featuring Muhammad (not you, the other one) in a cartoon is enough to produce a wave of would-be assassins from around the globe, a full-size animatronic depiction ought to initiate World War III. That would make it rather hard to sell enough tickets to make such a park a paying proposition, to start with…

  10. #10 MadScientist
    December 1, 2010

    I can’t understand why people are asking about the food. They ate the dinosaurs DUH! That’s why there aren’t any more dinos. It’s like that Moa thing: Can’t get ’em, we’ve ‘et ’em and there just ain’t no mo’.

    As for space – everyone knows the Time Lords solved that problem with the TARDIS.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    December 1, 2010

    Maybe the Mohamed-Lift. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Mohamed lift off into heaven body and all (from the temple mount rock place) at the end of his earthly life? That would be a GREAT amusement part ride.

    But wait, Jesus did that too, IIRC. After he died, and came back and transfigured and stuff, there was the holey assumption. Which was not a preconceived notion with logical flaws, but rather, a lifting of the body into outer space.

    It could be a combination amusement park ride and NASCAR like race theme. Perfect for Kentucky!

  12. #12 gwen
    December 1, 2010

    Thanks Martin, I’d forgotten my bible teachings asap! I would LOVE to have them put people on that boat with all of the animals of the middle east, with the food, to ‘prove’ it could be done. I wonder how long they would last. They would probably decide it was ‘magic’.

  13. #13 g724
    December 1, 2010

    Gwen: Right on target, exactly. And rationalist groups should regularly go in there and ask, loudly enough to be heard by all the true believers, exactly how Noah got all those animals onboard. Do it right and you might stir up some doubts in the minds of the true believers’ children, which is a good start.

  14. #14 Pierce R. Butler
    December 2, 2010

    Talking Points Memo has a lovely illustration, plus a couple of sketches from AIG to show what they’ll share with all of us (for a price) in 2014.

    The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the theme park will seek tax incentives, under the Kentucky Tourism Development Act, which could subsidize up to 25 percent of the project. The state, then, returns the sales tax on costs such as admission, food and gift sales.

  15. #15 KeithB
    December 2, 2010

    There are places that do the Ark story right, like the Jewish Skirball Center in Los Angeles – it is worth a visit. They claim up front that this is a place exploring the mythological resonances of the Ark and Flood story, not depicting a “real” event.

    In the Kentucky Ark I hope that they have a “manure lift” where you get to pick up a shovelful of dung and carry it upstairs to the top and throw it off.

  16. #16 yogi-one
    December 2, 2010

    You guys are missing the point by pointing out the flawed science. This isn’t about the science. Science is the Devil’s work. You think they will be impressed when Satan sends all you guys to picket outside the theme park?

    They’ll just laugh and call up some Senators and a few big-time televangelists, FOX news and the Pope. After that media crush, they’ll be no airwaves left on any big networks for the Satanic Atheist Youth-corrupting Scientists. You think any big network is going to risk all that Big Corporate Advertising money by giving a pass to Atheists?

    Then Obama will come out with one of his “I’m a true Christian” press releases and swear allegiance to Noah, and it’s all over. Take your dumb signs and go home.

    America isn’t paying any attention to you. Americans want to watch Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell and the Kansas Board of Education tell the real Truth. The Truth in the Bible.

    Besides they have more important things to attend, like this Sunday’s sermon on “Why Jesus worked for a living instead of being an unemployed bum.” And the Sunday following sermon on “How Jesus was totally against any taxes, at all, ever.”

    Now go buy my new book “Liberals Have It Wrong: Jesus Was a Small-Government Conservative”. Oh wait, I have to write it first. That’s OK, that shouldn’t take long (after all, unlike the satanic-athiest-scientists, I don’t have to get bogged down in fact-checking, and wasting time on things like research). You can still send in pre-orders. Jesus will love you for buying my new book dedicated to Him.

  17. #17 Ian
    December 4, 2010

    But they only have to show that it could hold two of each “biblical kind” or “baramin.”

  18. #18 ralph137
    December 5, 2010

    In order to be true to scripture, perhaps AIG should pick a single Christian family with no boat building skills. Numbers to match the best estimate of the Noah family. OK to deliver materials but the family can not use modern equipment. Then it would be an experiment to confirm scripture.
    By the time they finish, sea levels might be high enough to make the ark useful.