Ark Encounter opened to the general public on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
The Ark Encounter’s opening date was chosen to reflect Genesis 7:7, the Bible verse describes Noah and his family entering the ark for the first time.
The group will sell daytime and evening tickets for the first 40 days and 40 nights. Answers in Genesis said it believes the ark will be the biggest timber frame structure in the world.
It will house 132 exhibit bays; the group said it expects to see 1.4 million to 2.2 million people each year.
Answers in Genesis hopes to generate about $4 billion in revenue over 10 years and generate about 20,000 jobs over the same time frame.
Rabbi Ovadiah Tank from Global Kosher with the Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham and with the Drappers to discuss about having a Kosher Brazilian Steak House in the Ark Encounter. It’s planned to happened by Summer of 2019 according to Mr. Anderson, vice-resident of the Ark Encounter.
Mr. John Drapper (in memoriam) and Mrs. Norma Jean Drapper connected the Rabbi and the Ark leaders. Mrs. Drapper said she’s praying so we can serve Kosher Natural Meals at the ark.