A theme park in the US state of Kentucky has unveiled a 510-foot-long (155 metre-long) and seven stories high. It cost an estimated $100 million to build. Wooden model of Noah’s Ark.
A replica of the ark that Christians trust protected Noah (A.S) and his zoo of animals from Biblical floods opens Thursday in the central U.S. state of Kentucky, and thousands are expected to visit the attraction.
“I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry that built the ark. But critics say the attraction will be detrimental to science education and shouldn’t have received Kentucky state tax incentives.
Ham said the massive ark was completely based on the story of Noah, the man who the Bible says received a warning from Allah about a massive flood. Inside are museum style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.
The group believes that God created everything, including dinosaurs, about 6,000 years ago. Man, dinosaurs and everything else — so dinosaurs still would’ve been around at the time of Noah’s flood. Scientists say dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared.
The ark, which is about 40 miles (64km) south of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Williamstown, features displays of animals in cages as well as exhibits on the group’s theories on the world’s existence.
“Basically, this ship is a church raising scientifically illiterate children and lying to them about science,” said Jim Helton, who lives about a half-hour from the ark.
One of the park’s biggest critics is science advocate and former television personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy”.
Nye debated Mr Ham on evolution in 2014, attracting millions of viewers online.
The video of the debate posted on YouTube by Answers in Genesis has more than five million views.
Following the debate, Mr Ham announced that a bond offering from Williamstown had raised $62m (about £48m) for the project, allowing the group to break ground on the site a few months later.
Answers in Genesis estimates that the theme park, which debuted to the public on Thursday, will draw about two million visitors in its first year.