At the Ark Encounter attraction, we have a 2,500-seat multi-purpose center we call the Answers Center. We host presentations, conferences, concerts, and more in this state-of-the-art space. Well, it was built with a massive unfinished lower level—and I’ve got an exciting update about that.
Last year, supporters donated the funds for us to be able to finish this space so we could host workshops, break-out sessions during conferences, hold labs, and more. Well, when we were forced to shut down for three months last spring due to the coronavirus, we asked those donors if we could re-direct those funds toward helping us in keeping the ministry going during a very difficult time. They kindly agreed. Of course, that meant the lower level remained unfinished. But I’m excited to announce that through the generous support of a foundation, we’re now well into completing the construction of the lower level.
We’re excited for all the new ways we will be able to use this facility to teach children, teens, and adults the truth of God’s Word and the gospel once this lower level is finished.
The changes are pretty dramatic, as construction crews add more restrooms, multi-purpose rooms (for conferences, workshops, etc.), a lab for science programs (we still need $500,000 to actually fit out the lab), and much more. We’re excited for all the new ways we will be able to use this facility to teach children, teens, and adults the truth of God’s Word and the gospel once this lower level is finished. It’s going to take our workshop programs and day camps at the Ark (such as Explore Days, some of which take place at the Ark) to a whole new level. We will be able to reach more people than ever and help parents train up the younger generations to have a truly Christian worldview.
We’re also working on a brand-new arch entrance at the Answers Center—it’s going to look spectacular! Guests will be dropped off by the buses and then enter through this arch to head to the life-size Noah’s Ark, Ararat Ridge Zoo, and more. Here are the artists’ renderings of what it will look like (and what it looks like right now, under construction):
Our construction crews are also adding a façade to the outside of Answers Center to tie the theming in to the rest of the attraction. I think it’s going to make the “grand reveal” when a shuttle bus pulls up even more jaw-dropping than it already is! Here’s concept art for what this will look like:
This exciting space will feature artifacts, models, and replicas of what life was like in Israel at the time of Jesus, really helping to bring the New Testament to life.
Construction is also coming along at the Creation Museum for our new Borderland: Israel at the Time of Jesus exhibit, funded by end-of-year donations. This exciting space will feature artifacts, models, and replicas of what life was like in Israel at the time of Jesus, really helping to bring the New Testament to life. This area (which is currently Palm Plaza in the museum’s lower level) will also house our permanent and expanded Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit, which is a celebration of life in the womb. I believe it is the most powerful pro-life exhibit in the world (the exhibit is currently housed in Legacy Lobby, outside Legacy Hall at the Creation Museum).
As you can see, there’s always something going on at the world’s leading Christian-themed attractions. Plan your visit today at ArkEncounter.com and CreationMuseum.org. And remember—all kids ten and under are free in 2021. Obviously, children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult (with a paid ticket).
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.