The Ark of Noah, a replica of the Biblical Noah’s Ark found in Genesis, will visit four U.S. cities after a stop in Brazil for the 2016 Olympic games according to the Ark of Noah Foundation.
The life sized replica of the ark is currently in the Netherlands and hundreds of thousands have visited the boat since it was built in 2012 by carpenter Johan Huibers. The massive ark is 95 feet wide, 410 feet long, and 75.5 feet tall.
The Ark of Noah Foundation is planning on moving the ark from the Netherlands to Brazil where the ship will dock in several port cities. Although the journey is still in the planning stages, the foundation is eyeing port stops in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Panama, and Columbia.
After visiting Cuba and ports in South and Central America, the ark will move to the United States and visit San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Since the vessel is unable to power itself, it will be moved across the Atlantic Ocean after being mounted on a barge. The foundation is currently crowd funding to raise money for the project and private investors and international donors are being approached as well.
The foundation is planning on live streaming the voyage as the ark makes its way across the Atlantic.
The ark is a life sized exhibit that spans five floors. Visitors will experience Bible based stories and exhibitions, attractions, a movie theater and more.
Proceeds from the Ark of Noah in Brazil will be used to provide social, educational, and practical support to the underprivileged people in Brazil.