Answers in Genesis celebrated the fifth anniversary of its popular Ark Encounter by announcing plans for a new Tower of Babel attraction.
The Ark Encounter opened in July 2016 in Williamstown, Ky. The attraction is a museum and life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. Next year, Answers in Genesis will begin fundraising for a Tower of Babel exhibit, which is expected to open in three to four years
“Among other things, we will help people understand what genetics research and the Bible say about the origin of all the people groups around the world,” CEO Ken Ham said. “I can assure you: It will be a fascinating, eye-opening attraction.”
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Answers in Genesis also will add a scale model in 2022 or 2023 of what Jerusalem may have looked like at the time of Christ. It recently added a $3 million virtual reality experience, Truth Traveler, to the Ark Encounter. It was funded by a supporter.
“It opened just in time for our reopening in June 2020,” Ham said. “It’s outfitted with special-effects seats that move. People put on special VR headsets to enjoy an immersive experience as they travel back to the time of Noah. The experience is like having a ride.”
The Ark Encounter Ararat Ridge Zoo also added new animals, including lemurs and sloths, Ham said. Children 10 and under receive free admission in 2021 to the Ark Encounter with one paying adult. The attraction also will feature a 40 days and nights of gospel music from August 2 through September 10.
Attendance in 2021 has rebounded from the pandemic and is “equal to our excellent 2019 numbers,” which was a record year. “I believe this summer will be our best season ever,” Ham said.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice