About Noah’s Ark


"Extraordinary … A celebration of play, inspiring fascination, reviving wonder."
New York Times

Make plans today to visit Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, the permanent, award-winning children's and family destination that's the talk of the town! Play, climb, build, explore, make believe, and make friends—all while exploring a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. Share in a timeless story—and together envision a better world.

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The Ark Is Docked!

Imagine yourself immersed in a favorite childhood tale. Five years in the making and occupying an 8,000-square-foot gallery, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ welcomes children and families to take this journey together.

Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in diverse cultures around the world, this one-of-a-kind new destination invites visitors of all generations to have fun—and to connect with one another, learn the value of community, and help build a better world.

Conduct a storm, help construct the Ark, and bask in the glow of a beautiful rainbow. Mingle with hundreds of fancifully handcrafted animals—from cuddly companions to life-sized puppets—all crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects, including bottle caps, bicycle parts, baseball mitts, croquet balls, mop heads, and rearview mirrors.

Unique to the Noah's Ark experience are impromptu "happenings," surprise interactions, and drop-in activities. Meet a puppet or two, hear stories, join in a music jam, or create a take-home art project.

Or coordinate your visit with one of the following scheduled activities:

Toddler Tuesday Sing-Along—Every Tuesday, from 1:05 to 1:25 p.m., join our educators for circle time and singing with your little one.

Story Time at Noah’s Ark—Every Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., listen as flood stories from cultures around the world are brought to life through the timeless tradition of oral storytelling.

The Whole World Is a Narrow Bridge—On Fridays, at 3:40 p.m., experience the Noah’s Ark galleries brought to life through a movement and dance piece that expresses the power of human beings to weather life’s storms by supporting one another.

Sensory Friendly Fridays—On select Fridays, between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m., the Skirball welcomes all visitors to enjoy a Noah’s Ark experience specially designed for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), sensory processing differences, and other developmental disabilities. On those days, expect a reduced number of visitors, quieter galleries, and relaxed music and story times. Noise-reduction headphones, sensory backpacks, and lanterns for low-light sensitivity are available to borrow. This fall, Sensory Friendly Fridays will take place on September 7, 14, 21, and 28 and October 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Música para Todos—On Sundays, at 11:15 a.m., join in a musical jam session in both Spanish and English.

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