Ark Encounter and Creation Museum to Reopen June 8

The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. This photo of the life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark was provided in May 2019. | Courtesy of Answers in Genesis

The Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, two entities known for advancing a Young Earth creationist perspective on life’s origins, will be reopening on June 8 after having closed down in March.

Answers in Genesis, the apologetics ministry behind the two entities, announced Wednesday that they would be reopening on the same date as many other museums and outdoor attractions.

Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, told The Christian Post on Thursday that he could not “overstate how challenging it’s been after the state ordered facilities like ours to shut down.”

“A major source of income at AiG has been the revenue generated at our two attractions, and that money has simply disappeared. Sadly, we had to temporarily lay off 800 staff — full-time, seasonal, and part-time,” said Ham.

“The shutdown has had a major impact on them and their families. While it’s been a devastating time, we now rejoice in being able to reopen June 8.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that entities like libraries, museums, zoos, and distilleries can open on June 8 at a third of their normal capacity. Gyms and movie theaters can open on June 1.

Answers in Genesis plans to follow social distancing guidelines, with their announcement noting information on measures that they are undertaking to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading at the site when crowds return.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski