Noah's Ark

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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia33,775 contributions
Looks impressive
Oct 2018 • Couples
We caught a glimpse of this absolutely vast construction while on the boat to another sight. The area where we saw Noah's Ark was close to what is called Krimpen aan de Ijssel, east of Rotterdam. At the time we were travelling from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk. We did not visit Noah's Ark, as it was impossible at that time, and as we learnt later, it was closed. Apparently its modern creator wants to spread the message of the BIble..... But the sheer vastness of the size of this vessel is just amazing. Just as amazing is the fact it carries so much inside it! It has five decks and it has live animals as well as images of animals and animals made of plastic. There are also mannequins of Noah, his sons, and their wives, as well as exhibits on the great flood! Additionally there are CCTV cameras, an elevator, a restaurant, conference facilities, and a theatre. The Ark, which cost an estimated five million euros, is made from 21 transport barges and 12,000 Swedish pine trees, anong other materials! But it has no engine, so it cannot sail on its own! It needs a bit of help to move along the water, like several tugboats! Having been judged by the authorities as not quite seaworthy and lacking sufficient safety requirements, it now is undergoing some tender loving care....
Written 14 February 2019
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RoadTrippre
Chantilly, VA48 contributions
It's no longer there!!! They MOVED IT!!
Apr 2016 • Couples
Which we could have seen this replica but it's no longer there - its been moved and am not sure where.
Written 24 April 2016
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Nojus2012
Dordrecht, The Netherlands30 contributions
Weekend time
May 2015 • Couples
Not much real animals,atraction more for children than for adults..Is too expensive to spend €12,5 for this
Written 17 March 2016
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mkh2016
Hartwell, GA68 contributions
a blast from the past
Oct 2015 • Family
Like stepping back in time, although not completed, it is fascinating to see how huge this replica is. Each area has a message from the bible that the builder relates. The ark, both the original and the replica were a work of love
Written 3 March 2016
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discover99
Townsville, Australia245 contributions
Gigantuan and impressive!
Apr 2015 • Family
Noah's ark is a very impressive and surprisingly huge attraction and resembles the biblical ark of Noah. Once you get in you will be dazzled by the amount of building and designing that must have been needed to build this massive structure! There are many sections of the ark with some examples being a cafe, work section and a history section where you can put on comical animal suits! Everywhere around the ark are statues of animals and occasionally cages with real animals like rabbits or birds. It was a quite diverse and mostly inside, but there are outside areas that are blocked off when it rains. The toilets were also very clean and they even had a joke "Cool Boys" toilet with a surprise when you open the door......
Written 29 January 2016
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RHAHJ
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
Average
Jan 2015
The huge boat is nice. The exhibition is what you'd expect: Biblical stories with many puppet-animals around. Also some real animals like goats and pigeons. Nice, but not terribly exciting. I guess it could be nice for parents who want to tell their young children about religious stories.
Written 14 October 2015
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tom l
Boyce, VA144 contributions
WOW!
Sep 2015 • Friends
A bit out of the way and only saw it as a drive by but would have enjoyed walking through. It's massive size is hard to imagine even with a few animal models scattered about for scale reference. I would love to return and visit this site more in depth.
Written 15 September 2015
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Anna D
Louth, UK32 contributions
Grand! Its absolutely astonishing the size of it!!
Aug 2015 • Family
Really pleased we have been as its an amazing place with live and carved animals and the history lesson is good as well! Cant believe its actually built to the exact specifications as Noah's ark in the Bible!! It was acually raining when we visited and it was perfect for the day!
Written 2 September 2015
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Jim M
Stafford, UK1 contribution
An unusual, but great way of breaking up your European trip home!
Aug 2015 • Family
Parking is right next to the Ark and costs 2 Euros for 4 hours. Entrance fee is €12.50 per adult, €7.50 per child over age 3. For a family of four entrance cost came in at just under £30. There is a restaurant on the top floor of the Ark where we had some tasty soups and sausage rolls and drinks etc that came to about £18. Kind of similar to the food provided in IKEA restaurants, but not as much on offer. Still, the food was good and a pleasant atmosphere. We also bought the autobiography of Johan Huibers, whose idea it was to build the Ark, from the book and gift shop on board. It was available in Dutch and English. It is a very interesting read and will give you an amazing insight into his life, post Ark visit. By the way, this is not a man who is a "basket-case." His feet are very firmly on the ground but he is also a man of great Christian faith. I believe the Ark is the "tip of the iceberg" in terms of some of his other previous accomplishments, and, as he says in his book, he probably would not have built the Ark without all these experiences beforehand. Buy the book, "The Unsinkable Dream" and reach your own conclusions. Back to the Ark. It is mesmerising. We spent about 45 minutes just taking pictures of it from the land where it is moored. Kids were blown away by it. We were blown away by it. Walking on top deck from one end to the other, winding your way through the decks to different areas where real and stuffed animals are kept, popping into one of the cinemas to watch a video on The Ark and Bible history, passing through scenes of mostly full size characters related to the Ark and other accounts from the Bible were also interesting. There is a lot to take in, for sure, and you would probable need a good 4 hours with a visit to the restaurant thrown in. Some other reviewer made a comment about animal droppings. I don't know what they are talking about. They must be a real "townie." There were some pigeon droppings out on deck in places and none of it was fresh. I have seen far worse in British parks! Really not a problem. The animals we saw were all well kept and had plenty of space to live in. I am referring to the mountain goats, Shetland ponies and lots of rabbits and birds in cages. Kids loved seeing these animals. There are some activities for kids too, following animal trails on the Ark itself and some other activities. Even on a warm day on top deck, inside the Ark it is rather cool. You will need a good fleeced top in places as it can be a bit breezy, but hey! It's an Ark! I can't recommend this attraction enough. It broke up our journey nicely before continuing onto Calais.
Written 23 August 2015
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Bbb189bbb
Sydney, Australia83 contributions
So glad it was built. Please please clean up the animal feces!
Aug 2015 • Family
This is a difficult review to write because my impressions are so mixed. It is amazing to see a life-size 1:1 scale ark. It gives a great idea of how large the boat was, and I am so glad somebody did this. The food at the restaurant on the top deck smelled great but we didn’t eat there. One negative to the ark is I am surprised that the ark is allowed to operate, and is not in violation of city laws, with the amount of animal feces that is all over the animal enclosure part of the ark. It was obvious from the amount of feces that some of the animal stalls had not been cleaned out in many, many days. I guess it gave a sense of what Noah's ark would have smelled like, but I don't think that is really the goal of having live animals. The second negative is that there is a little too much going on exhibit-wise. It would be great to do one thing well (i.e. the ark (clean!), Noah’s story, etc.) rather than a lot of things in an average way. As well as Noah’s ark there is also seven days of creation, the story of the ark being built, ark logistics, the story of Peter trying to walk on water, large nativity scene, and models of other Biblical figures throughout the ark. As a visitor, it was too scattered to absorb each part because they were too intertwined, and could have been presented in a more orderly manner SO THAT the awesome impact of the ark could be felt. I found it to be too distracting from the main story. I hope that the owners read this and make changes, because the ark itself is amazing and it could become a faith-inspiring, wonderful thing for many people to experience that helps people understand the staggering achievement that Noah’s ark was. Still a way to go, but hopefully on the right track. So glad it was built!!!! P.S. We also got a little lost because some of the "animal prints" trail paint had come off but we worked it out :)
Written 5 August 2015
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