Going on Faith

AUG-SEP 2016

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going on faith [ august | september 2016 ] NEWS W O R T H Y and his family, who are depicted by realistic animatronic figures. Phase one of the $100 million project also includes a lake, a petting zoo, a restaurant, a gift shop, a the- ater and zip lines. Future plans calls for a pre-flood walled city, a rendi- tion of the Tower of Babel and a first- century Middle Eastern village. Ark Encounters was built by Answers in Genesis, which also built the Creation Museum, located 45 minutes away in Petersburg, Kentucky. www.arkencounter.com MASSIVE REPLICA OF NOAH'S ARK OPENS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY WILLIAMSTOWN, Kentucky — A massive 510-foot long, 51-foot tall replica of Noah's Ark, built to speci- fications mentioned in the Bible, opened to the general public July 7 after two days of previews to sup- porters at a 40-acre site alongside Interstate 75 in northern Kentucky. Ark Encounter's 132 exhibit bays and displays on three decks inside the Ark feature pairs of sculpted animals in wooden cages, including dinosaurs, deer and pigs; and dis- plays of blacksmith and carpentry shops and living quarters for Noah Photos courtesy Ark Encounter Courtesy Alaska State Museum A crowd attended the opening of the Ark Encounter, a full-size replica of Noah's Ark that features displays and exhibits about the biblical story. THE STRONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PLAY EXPANDS GROUP TOUR PROGRAM ROCHESTER, New York — The Strong National Museum of Play has expanded its group tour programs to offer more behind-the-scenes and interactive opportunities. New group experiences include going behind the scenes in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, the only year- round indoor butterfly exhibit in upstate New York; exploring play in America by viewing the world's largest toy, doll and game collection from a curator's point of view; and enjoying the World Video Game Hall of Fame and a massive video game exhibit where groups can test their skills on rare games such as four-player Pac- Man and two-player Tetris. The museum recently opened the Toy Halls of Fame exhibit, a cutting- edge, hands-on space that explores America's favorite toys. Also on view throughout the museum are displays of some of America's rar- est and most iconic artifacts of play, including the first handmade Monopoly set, Thomas Edison's talking doll, the first LEGO sets and Barbie No. 1. The Strong offers group-friendly amenities including a bus loop for easy motorcoach pick up and drop off, free motorcoach parking, com- plimentary Wi-Fi and character greeters upon request. Tour operators looking to book experiences at the Strong should con- tact Karen Dodson at 585-410-6359 or kdodson@museumofplay.org. www.museumofplay.org ALASKA STATE MUSEUM OPENS NEW BUILDING JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska State Museum officially opened its new location in Juneau June 6. The new facility combines the museum, state archives and state library into one 118,000-square-foot structure. It was built on the same location as the former state museum, which was torn down in 2014 for construction of the new building. This new state-of-the-art facility houses artifacts and history from throughout the state, with the capa- bility and space for more than 50 years' worth of future collections. The entrance atrium features an eagle tree and a large detailed map of Alaska in the floor. Features of the permanent gallery include a Tlingit clan house made of hand-adzed cedar; a walrus-skin Inupiaq umiak, a 34-foot boat whose frame was built in 1920; a segment of the Alaska pipeline; and a single-sail wooden fishing boat known as a Bristol Bay double ender. The new facility also has three galleries for temporary exhibits, a cafe and a store. The second-floor reading room of the library and archives features a tall wood ceiling and large windows overlooking the town and the mountains. www.museums.alaska.gov/ lam/slam.html Artwork at the new Alaska State Museum

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