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“Impressive attraction!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark
Maasstraat 14, 3313 CR Dordrecht, The Netherlands
00316 22 86 93 42
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Dordrecht
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement Parks
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“Impressive attraction!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

It was a great way to visualize what the actual Ark looked like and its size. The kids enjoyed seeing how the animals may have lived.

Visited March 2013
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“How big was the Ark? This big!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We visited with our ten year old daughter on a Saturday (closed Sunday) and this was the reason that we came to this part of the Netherlands for a long weekend. It is impressive. The sheer scale and size need to be seen to be appreciated. It is a bit difficult to locate - our AA Route map failed at the final hurdle of getting from the ring road but we stopped in a shopping street in Dordrecht and asked - a quick hand drawn map later and we were there in no time. Hopefully a sat nav would be faster but never mind! Signs around the town would help.
There is nothing quite like this anywhere else. We drove from London via the Channel Tunnel - apparently you could do it in five hours but we stopped in Bruges on the way to Port Zeelande and then drove in the next day. Having built this enormous craft, the makers are apparently populating it with more things as time goes on, so I think there will be more to see later. However, there are already lots of displays, including live animals and dioramas, even a Disney cartoon showing on a loop system. We did not know how much there was before we went. There is even a cafe/restaurant inside.
The guy who set it all up should be congratulated. Well worth the entrance fee.

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“A quiet visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We visited the Ark recently. It was very very quiet inside. There was a family with a couple of kids and us that's all. It was Monday though, maybe it would have been more visitors on the weekend. However we can feel the amount of effort put into this project. More English signs would have been great. Also the lighting in the indoor display section in my opinion was too dark. Very hard to take good photos. The videos were in Dutch and also subtitled in Dutch. However good informative videos. My little girl was quite scared and started crying when the lightning struck with sound effect overhead inside the story telling displays. There were also mannequins dressed in ancient clothing wearing wigs. I think better use of wooden mannequins would have been more suitable. There are real animals there now and the center outdoor area smelt slightly like the farm as they must have had some real farm animals there sometime. Permanent live animals are two peacocks, birds in aviaries and a Labrador dog who lives alone with many giant fake animals. He is a beautiful dog and was so friendly. I felt a bit sorry that he was all by himself. We went back twice to say hello to him and he brought us his doggy biscuit and a stick of wood. However he is taken cared of by an animal keeper in the Ark. The animal keeper was helpful. The restaurant was very quiet and we didn't go in. The restaurant at the top however has great view of the port where the Ark is docked. You can see a windmill from the restaurant too.The movie section playing the the story of the Ark was good. It was in Dutch though. However still interesting to watch it. This giant Ark is very impressive overall and would have been good to see more visitors. It was still worth visiting as where would you see a replica Ark at a scale of 1:1.

Visited February 2013
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“Impressive but needs more work.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We visited the Ark mid December. It's impressive from the outside...absolutely massive. We reluctantly paid the steep 9 Euro pp entrance fee after being assured by staff it was worth it. Well it wasn't. Its basically a shell. There is a short video on the construction of the ark, but it's only in Dutch (which we don't speak). There was a single information board about the great flood, some fake animals in the large wooden pens and that's basically it. They are still finishing it off inside...a restaurant is going in, but really, what do you put in an ark? You can't fill it with animals...it wouldn't be humane and it's not designed like a zoo. So possibly a whole lot more interesting, multi- lingual information might push it over the line. Until then though, 9 Euro pp is too much to pay. You could get away with a walk around the outside (for nothing), take some pics and save your $.

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