In 2005 the dutch contractor Johan Huibers started building a quite exact replica of Noah’s Ark. In April 2007 the Ark opened its doors for the public.
The reason of building
“In 1992 I had a dream. I saw Holland covered by a huge flood, comparable to the tsunami in South east-Asia.”
After this dream he received more messages. Johan Huibers does not expect a new flood like Noah knew but he feels it’s his assignment to re-tell the bible story and to bring it closer to the people, through the Ark.
“I want to make Noah’s story visual, and make the story more lively for all the people believers and non-believers.”
Johan Huibers wants to reach the children by building the Ark. Noah’s story is very interesting for the children because of all the animals. In the Ark you even find real size polyester models of animals.
Visitors can watch a movie and walk through an exposition of bible story’s. Fourteen years after Johan’s dream, in June 2005, he started building the Ark in Schagen (Holland). Six days a week, from 8 till 5 he worked on the Ark. Assisted by his son Roy. On Saturdays volunteers came to help them finish the Ark. Right before the opening the First staff members where hired. In April 2007 Noah’s Ark was officially opened. Since the opening Noah’s Ark have had over 500.000 Visitors.
On the website there’s online information about the location/berth where the Ark can be visited (in The Netherlands).
Arkvannoach.com (English version)