Johan's Ark

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The full size interpretation of Noah's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Johan's Ark, Ark van Noach, or Ark van Johan is a Noah's Ark-themed mobile structure built by Dutch creationist Johan Huibers. There is a small and a large version. The small version is a half size ship modeled after the biblical description of Noah's Ark.

Small version[edit]

The smaller Ark van Johan Noah's Ark

The Bible reports Noah was commanded to build an ark having a length of 300 cubits, a width of 50 cubits, and a height of 30 cubits.[1] Johan's Ark is half the length of that given in the Bible, 150 cubits or 68.5 metres, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide.[2] Huibers built the structure in the river port of Schagen, 45 km north of Amsterdam, taking one and a half years. In 2007 he opened the doors to visitors.[3] After a few months the structure was towed by tugboat through canals in the Netherlands and moored in the harbours of Rotterdam and Arnhem.[3]


While the Bible specified that the Ark had to be built from the unknown gopher wood, the interpretation is a steel frame skinned with American Cedar and Pine and built on top of a steel barge.[1] The Ark contains models of various animals, and other displays. Huibers spent more than €1 million on the project.[3]

Large version[edit]

The full size Noah's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands

A full-sized (137 m / 450 ft) version is in Dordrecht, open to the public.[4] This Ark is carried on a platform made up of 25 LASH barges and has a coaster's seaworthiness license. The new Ark is partly financed by income from the first Ark as well as donations and loans.[5]

It features many animal models, including cows, penguins, a crocodile, and a giraffe. It has been approved to allow 3,000 visitors a day.[6]

There are plans to move it to another location elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.


  1. ^ a b Charter, David (1 May 2007). "Crowds flock to Johan's Ark". The Australian. 
  2. ^ Keeris, Rob (30 April 2007). "Worried about rising seas levels? Dutchman builds working replica of Noah's Ark". USA Today. 
  3. ^ a b c Huibers, Johan (2012). "About Johan's Ark". [self-published source?]
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  5. ^ Editor (29 December 2009). "Noahs Ark is to be rebuilt in Dordrecht" (in Dutch). 
  6. ^ Associated Press – 2 hrs 42 mins ago. "Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark - Yahoo! News". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 

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