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Noah’s Arc opens in Kentucky

WILLIAMSTOWN, Kentucky (AP) – A 510-foot-long, $100 million Noah’s ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky this week.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark, said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true.

The ark will open to the public Thursday and Ham’s group has estimated it will draw two million visitors in its first year, putting it on par with some of the big-ticket attractions in nearby Cincinnati.

The group says the ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible. Inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.