We’re walking into what we call the Voyage Room. This is sort of to give you a sense that we’re walking inside the ark, so it’s all wood, to sort of represent being inside the ark. And then we have some special exhibits in here showing Noah’s ark and the size of the ark compared to the animals going on board. We also have a display here, where we have Noah and his family looking out though the door and we have a message that is triggered when you walk underneath the speaker here, a message concerning the fact that Noah was calling people to come on board the ark, but they didn’t want to go through the door to be saved. And, then God shuts the door. It’s a reminder to us that we need to make sure we’re “on board the ark”. Cause Noah’s Ark, is actually a picture of Jesus.
I’ve heard of people who’ve looked at the next exhibit and it’s really challenged them, because they see Noah’s ark in the water and they see these people on the rocks. The flood is obviously increasing the amount of water on the earth. And they ask themselves a question, “What if I was not inside that ark? What if I was one of those people?” And, you know, that’s really what we want people to be challenged with in regard to this whole museum, “Are you in that “ark of salvation?” .
Then you’ll see a video with Noah’s Ark and it shows what it might have been like in the water. And, then we have a display showing Noah and his family inside the ark. And, then we come to another one of my favorite figures in the whole of the museum: an animatronic Noah, animatronic raven, animatronic dove. Noah makes some statements now and then, but then you can touch the screen and ask Noah a question and he answers and you can read the answer on the screen or you can just listen to him answer as well. And Moms and Dads and kids just love this exhibit.
Then as we move on you’ll see another display representing inside the ark as Noah and his family are feeding the animals, looking after them. And if you put your head up to the glass very carefully (you have to be careful, cause people often hit their head on the glass), and look to the left and then to the right, you’ll see mirrors that extend the art either direction. It gives you more perspective of being inside the ark.
Then we come past some screens that have an animation of the water covering the earth. Again, people have sat there and watched that, and it’s really challenged them when they finally see the waters cover the earth and they see Noah’s Ark there and realize, “If I wasn’t in that ark, what would have happened to me?”
And, then, further on the right we see some cages, you know, sort of representing what it might have been like inside Noah’s Ark. You see an animatronic animal here, in the cage above and the one below. And there’s a drawer here you can pull out help people understand how Noah might have dealt with waste products on the ark. Actually, this gives you a little idea of some of the sorts of displays that would be in the Ark Encounter project where we will take people through those three floors of the entire ark and answer the questions, “How’d he feed them, how’d he get rid of the waste products and how’d he fit the animals on board. And so it goes on. And, of course, then to end up with the message of, “This was a real event in history and he went through a doorway to be saved, we pray you’ve gone through that doorway to be saved.”