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Life-Sized Noah’s Ark Revealed to Public in Kentucky

A Bible story comes to life with the resurrection of a massive ark.

Visitors gather outside Ark Encounter, a $100 million, 510-foot-long re-creation of Noah's Ark in Williamstown Kentucky, on Tuesday, July 5. Ark Encounter is the brainchild of Australian-born creationist Ken Ham. It was built with the help of state tax incentives and the sale of $62 million in junk bonds.

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A visitor passes a diorama of Noah and his family praying inside the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day in Williamstown, Ky. The long-awaited theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this Thursday. The Christian group behind the wooden ark says it will demonstrate that the stories of the Bible are true. John Minchillo / AP

Children look into a cage containing model baby dinosaurs. The ark has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education.

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A worker puts out stuffed animals in the gift shop at the Ark Encounter. Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images
Members of the media film the interior of the Ark Encounter. Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

Patrons tour the interior of the reproduction of Noah's Ark.

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Patrons and construction workers walk outside the Ark Encounter. Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

The Williamstown High School marching band performs before a ribbon cutting to announce the opening of the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day, on Tuesday, July 5.

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