Did you know Noah’s Ark resides right here in Los Angeles? In fact you- or rather your kids- can load animals and send them up the ramp, two-by-two: Bears, giraffes, zebras, and animals of every type. Say, wait just a minute. Isn’t Noah’s Ark supposed to be buried under a glacier on the top of Mount Ararat? How did it get to Los Angeles? My wife and I took the grand-kids to look into this.
Well, we visited this 8,000 square foot “Noah’s Ark” at the Skirball™ Cultural Center in the Santa Monica Mountains just off the 405 Freeway. This Ark was much more accessible, family oriented, and kid friendly than the one supposedly on Mt. Ararat. The kids had a great time as they whipped up a storm, then sent some animals up a ramp, climbed ramps of rope, dashed around on catwalks, heard stories, created art, and mingled with animals (plushies and sculptures, of course). The young’uns loved it.
We all know the story of the great flood. In a variety of forms the tale come to us through millenniums of civilizations and cultures and filtered through stories like that of Gilgamesh (and more recently Hollywood, naturally). There are very few universal stories that journeyed with us through the clouds of history. In our modern world this one is a welcomed story of hope and new beginnings.
Noah’s Ark here in Los Angeles seemed new. The Ark at the Skirball™ (designed by Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle) was just completed in 2007. Since then because of its popularity it has become a permanent feature. The life-like animals (actually sculptures handcrafted from unconventional materials) had all the visiting parents commenting on the ingenuity of their creation.
Our grand-kids whizzed around on bouncy ropes and catwalks, and engaged with the myriad of activities. They had a chance to join a music group and were also entertained with puppets. Believe me, the little guys were all tuckered out on the ride home.
Noah’s Ark, has consistently received high marks on social media sites since its inception. If you’ve never been there, you should try it. Give your kids a treat to this unique hands-on exhibit. The best way to start is to go to this website: www.skirball.org. Here you’ll find information such as admission fees, parking, special activities, and the opportunity to pick an assigned entry time. Noah’s Ark is part of the Skirball™ Cultural Center at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, (310) 440-4500. Your kids will have a great time. It’s truly a unique experience.
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Here are posts of other Uniquely Los Angeles destinations you will enjoy reading. If you’re looking for a pleasant outing be sure to take the time and plan a visit.
-Friends, Romans, and …Angelenos
-Bradbury Building-A Lasting Gem in Los Angeles
-The Last Book Store
-The Magic Castle
-Grauman’s Chinese Theater
-Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits
-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
-Rose Bowl Stadium