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“Great concept but poorly executed”
Review of Noah's Ark - CLOSED

Noah's Ark
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Massive replica of the Ark looks great from a distance. As you get closer to the Ark you notice 2 and 3 dimensional animal heads attached to the Ark as if they were looking out windows. Unfortunately this is done so poorly they look more like animal trophy heads mounted to a wall. Once inside the Ark you notice lots of wiring and lights that they didn't attempt to conceal. Also there are some "animal prints" on the floor leading you to some of the rooms, but there isn't a clear path to guide you throughout the Ark. The few live animals exceed the biblical record and some of the goats can cross over your head...so you need to be careful of falling poop pellets. Parts of the Bible story are told in different rooms for different age groups, but the story seems to have lost its meaning in translation. The restaurant food was not very good and the seating area was not stable in all sections, which made eating difficult. Sorry, but my recommendation is to pass on this attraction.

4  Thank savencash
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We heard about this attraction while in church on day. We knew we were going to be in The Netherlands so we made sure to make a stop.
The boat is huge! My kids ( 10 and 13) were excited to get inside and to see everything. When you first walk in there is a big wooden deck that has many doors in the floor for the kids to play a game to find out what Noah would have had on his boat and not on his boat all those years ago. Kids had a blast opening them all.
You can see the beds that Noah build, but no one slept in. The plans and tools he used. There are movie rooms to sit and watch, but we never sat, too much to see. They have some live animals goats, kangaroos, and birds to name a few, but most are large life like structures.
The boat is 3 floors and things to do and see on each level.
I have read some not great reviews, but I think it is worth the admission and to go. The man that built this had a dream, and he achieved it by recreating Noah's Ark. To be able to see a story from the Bible up close and see the work that Noah had to do with no one believing in him, is fascinating.
There is a big cafeteria in the boat also.

5  Thank Kara79
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

What strikes you as you approach is the sheer size of the thing. It's absolutely huge - about a hundred yards long and towering up three or four storeys from ground level. Inside, though, it seemed a bit empty and tacky. You see how nails might have been made, a corner with a pair of plastic koalas and a pair of plastic pelicans, etc, possible sleeping arrangements for Noah and his family (bunk beds), etc. Others, especially people who believe in the literal accuracy of the bible story, may find a visit more rewarding than I did.

It seemed very child-friendly. At least, there were lots of families there with children, who were obviously enjoying themselves.

There's a cafeteria on the top deck, with a lift if you don't want to tackle the stairs, and a souvenir shop downstairs.

You can get there by bus from outside the station. It takes about ten minutes.

4  Thank ELear
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

We did not tour the ark as we were on a riverboat cruise, but viewing it from the river was very interesting. Our guide told us that the ark is build to the proportions (as best as can be determined) of the original and houses a zoo. What a marvelous idea.

2  Thank sfzCentury
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Somewhere in Dordrecht, one less famous cities of The Netherlands, lies Noah's Ark. You can easily get there with public transport and a little walk. The area is a little deserted, but you will spot the ark immediately because the ark is very big!

I actually really like the idea of building Noah's ark in modern times, I think it can be educational and can be an alternative touristic attraction. it's an impressive idea. Yet, I was a bit disappointed because the user experience is a little bit... flat. Other than the size of the ark, I wasn't blown away by decorations, the world creation story, or the fake animals. The signage is a little sloppy too, you can easily get lost in there (but not in a bad way).

I hope that the management can develop more of this ark so that it worth the entrance fee. I was paying too much for something that is still under-developed.

3  Thank valentinaws
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