As you enter onto the property, the dominating sight will be a life-sized replica of the ark, as described in the book of Genesis. As you park your car, you will notice the beautiful landscaping. There will be several ponds, hiking trails, various statues, a garden, and other sights beyond the ark. As you walk up to the museum, you cross over a bridge. Over this bridge, you go back 4500 years to the time of Noah. You will be entering the ark of salvation that was available to any man who was willing to step into the ark and be saved.As you look beyond the Ark, you will see the cross up on the hill, which is the cross of salvation available to anyone willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. As you continue towards the Ark, you will come upon the donor’s patio where we will thank the many people helping with this project. Entering into the atrium there will be a cutaway section of the ark. In the center of the atrium will be the Tree of Life, with a waterfall, bookstore, and café. In the background, there will be the Garden of Eden, with a life-sized model of a Sauropod dinosaur.
Your first stop in the museum will be the 3D theater. Here, you will be stepping back into the very beginning of time – approximately 6000 years ago, where you will experience the six days of creation. God created the light and separated the day from the night on day 1. He separated the heavens from the earth on day 2. God separated the waters from the land and created all the plants and trees on day 3. God created the stars, moon, and sun on day 4. God created all the birds of the air and fish in the sea on day 5. God created all the land animals on day 6. Also on day 6, God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. We leave out of the theater on the second level and pass by Adam and Eve. Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Then you shall experience the lushness of the Garden of Eden, with its waterfalls and lush foliage. In its center is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, where Adam and Eve decided to disobey God and eat of the tree, and were cast out of the Garden. As you leave out of the Garden of Eden, you pass by the angel guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden.
Next, you enter the exhibit galleries (click to discover details on each exhibit):
The third floor of the museum will have a creative open space – a room to host conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, or other events. The roof area of the Ark will feature a Stargazer’s Deck, where we will hold events for viewing the beautiful Oklahoma night sky.
Leaving out of the museum and towards the garden area, you cross over the Rainbow Bridge. The Rainbow Bridge represents the covenant that God made with man: That he would never destroy the world again by a flood. The bridge crosses over a large pond with a fountain, where you can cross over into a life-sized replica of the Garden Tomb, with an angel beckoning to you to see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28:6).
Winding up and around the hill through a grove of cedars, you come upon the Cross. It will have four uprights, representing mind, body, heart, and soul, with three cross members, representing God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; where all men must come to realize that they need a Savior. Below the cross is a waterfall that represents the cleansing power of Christ’s blood, shed upon the cross. This waterfall will have red flowering plants surrounding it.
As you wander around the garden grounds, there will be lush plantings, ponds to reflect upon, and the Ark as a dominating feature. As you walk around the grounds, there will be many areas at which you may stop and reflect for a few minutes, and think about what you’ve seen and discovered in the museum.