|Follow the animal prints into the ark|
Now, this is not actually Noah's ark, but there's still a neat story as to how this massive boat ended up in Dordrecht. Johan Huibers, a contractor in the Netherlands, was inspired to share his faith by creating a replica of Noah's ark and making it available to anyone to visit. The ark was to be an entertaining place to visit but also a way to provide Christian teachings to visitors. Originally, a smaller ark that was scaled down to fit the canals of the Netherlands was built and then traveled to different cities. After 3.5 years, the ark team was able to construct and permanently moor a full-sized replica (30 meters wide, 23 meters high, and 135 meters long), based in Dordrecht since 2012.
|This is one big ark!|
The Ark van Noach gives visitors the Biblical account of the great flood and describes what life would have been like on the ark. Visitors can tour nearly the entire ark, see real animals (including goats, rabbits, and kangaroos) and life sized models of other animals (since it's a bad idea to keep real rhinos and leopards walking around enclosed areas filled with people), and view educational films. And throughout the ark are large paintings and images depicting the story of Noah and Biblical verses from the book of Genesis.
|A replica workbench as part of the description of Noah's building process|
|Part of a "Would Noah have brought this?" game. Each compartment has an|
item (fake fruits/veggies, fly swatter, Coca Cola bottle) and kids guess if it
would have been taken onto the ark.
|Noah with the returned dove. The mannequins were a bit|
strange looking, but were a small part of the ark.
|A real live and hungry goat.|
|"Watch out! We can bite" - I think this sign was actually meant for the live |
kangaroos, but looked hilarious next to the fake emus.
|Exploring the ark.|
|The final image from Peter Spier's picture book, Noah's Ark|
The Ark van Noach is a great outing for the whole family (we spent a good 2.5 hours walking around the ark) and has and interesting story of it's "landing" in Dordrecht. It's certainly worth a look.
As of February 2014, the Ark van Noach is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 (but check the website for any special or holiday schedules) and is easily accessible from the Dordrecht train station by bus. You can check current admissions prices here. Throughout the ark, information is posted in Dutch, English, and German.
Today's post is part of the Sunday Traveler link up hosted by Chasing the Donkey and others. Please check out this week's other contributors!