A Bible-themed park that features a 510-foot-long wooden Noah’s Ark is beginning plans for a new, tall attraction: a “Tower of Babel” replica. Let’s just hope God doesn’t scatter anyone away from this one.
The Ark Encounter, located in Northern Kentucky, plans to build the tower to “tackle the racism issue” by helping visitors understand and learn “how genetics research and the Bible confirm the origin of all people groups around the world.” No other specific details were given on the Babel attraction or what it might look like. Unlike the specifics given about Noah’s ark, the Tower isn’t described in detail in the Bible, so it will be a mystery as to what the park decides to build. Still, we can assume they’ll use brick and tar like the original tower.
The original Tower of Babel is only discussed for nine verses in Genesis 11, but it’s an important story that gives a vague “explanation” of the origins of different languages. The people at the time had come together to build a tower that “reaches to the heavens” in order to build a name for themselves. God, understandably, then scattered people by “confusing their languages” which resulted in the people abandoning their building plans. The story leaves more questions than answers, which Answers in Genesis, the ministry behind the Ark Encounter park, hopes to address with their new attraction.
In addition to the Tower of Babel, the park plans to expand the grounds with an indoor model of what Jerusalem would have looked like when Christ walked the Earth and over exhibits in the future. Currently, the three-story Ark is open to visitors and features a virtual reality experience that transports them back to Noah’s time, a science laboratory, zoo, restaurant and more. The Noah’s Ark attraction allows visitors to step into one of Genesis’ biggest stories, and the Tower of Babel attraction will surely do the same. We’ll just have to wait and see what God has to say about the Tower of Babel 2.0.