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.

Note: To reduce water use in response to drought conditions, the rainbow mist arbor outside Noah's Ark will be turned off until further notice. Thank you for your support of water conservation.

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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. Then round out your visit by experiencing the outdoor rainbow mist in the arroyo park just outside the galleries. On Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m., enjoy "Two-by-Two: An Interactive Tour of Noah's Ark," which brings the legendary tale to life through music, movement, and more. Program subject to change or cancellation.

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Get a glimpse of the visitor experience aboard Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™.


The Making of Noah’s Ark (PDF)

Read about the collaboration of educators, architects, artists, and designers to develop and build this feat of artistry and engineering.

An Inclusive Vision of Community (PDF)

Discover how Noah's Ark helps to fulfill the Skirball's core mission as a Jewish institution.

Noah’s Ark Puppets Come to Life (PDF)

Find out how gallery educators lend vitality to the flamingo, snow leopard, and other puppets aboard Noah’s Ark.

Noah’s Ark from Head to Tail

Explore Noah's Ark “from head to tail.”