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Monday, July 11, 2016
Celebrity Scientist and Atheist Bill Nye Among Those Who Attended Noah’s Ark Theme Park Grand Opening
This week the Ark Encounter theme park opened in Williamstown, Kentucky. The park, which features a life-size version of Noah’s Ark, was directed by Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham.
Ham told the Christian Post that the re-creation of the iconic biblical structure was intended “to remind the coming generations of the truth of God’s word.”
“It’s our way of presenting the truth of God’s Word to the world,” he added.
The park held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday in Grant County, Kentucky, attracting a crowd of 7,000 people ahead of the grand opening on Thursday, July 7.
Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor, Jenean Hampton, spoke at the July 5 ceremony.
“We are so blessed that this great, great attraction was built here in Kentucky, it’s just an honor to have this here,” she said to the crowd. “We hope to see millions visit Kentucky, to visit the Ark Encounter over the next few years. I can’t wait to see the inside.”
The decision to open the Ark Encounter on July 7 was intentional, Ham explained Tuesday. He recited Genesis 7:7 to the crowd, which reads, “And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the Ark.”
The ark is set against three eight-story buildings and is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet tall; it sits on an 800-acre property between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky.