- ?What are the hours of Noah's Ark at the Skirball?
Noah's Ark at the Skirball is “open for boarding” Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m. On the weekends, the hours are 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- ?I'm interested in visiting Noah's Ark at the Skirball. What's the best way to book my visit?
To purchase your tickets in advance and guarantee your preferred date and entry time, click on the BUY/RESERVE NOW button on the Noah’s Ark overview page. Or call (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Advance tickets are highly recommended on weekends and during school holidays for all Noah’s Ark visitors, including Members. School holidays include spring, summer, and winter breaks—that’s when the Ark gets full pretty quickly!
If you wake up one morning and feel like bringing the family to Noah’s Ark that same day, that’s when you can’t book advance tickets from home. Same-day tickets to Noah’s Ark are available on a walk-up basis only, subject to availability. Phone and online sales are not available for same-day visits.
FREE Thursdays are a good option, but please note: Noah’s Ark tickets on FREE Thursdays are first-come, first-served only, subject to availability (no advance tickets). FREE Thursday tickets can be obtained at the admissions desk starting at 11:45 a.m.
To ensure a safe and pleasant visitor experience, all Noah’s Ark ticketholders are assigned an entry time permitting up to two hours in the galleries. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The required minimum adult/child ratio is 1/4. We’ll be checking on that ratio when you pick up your tickets at the admissions desk, so please make sure there are enough grown-ups per group of kids.
- ?Are advance tickets required?
No, but advance tickets are highly recommended, especially on weekends and during school breaks, when there are usually many more visitors. If you choose to visit at these times without advance tickets, you may have to wait to enter Noah's Ark or Noah’s Ark may be sold out. Same-day tickets to Noah’s Ark are subject to availability and are available on a walk-up basis only. Phone and online sales are not available for same-day visits.
Note: Noah’s Ark tickets on FREE Thursdays are also first-come, first-served only, subject to availability (no advance tickets).
- ?Where should I park?
FREE parking is available in the North Parking and East Parking garages.
- ?How much time should I expect my family to spend inside Noah's Ark?
The typical visitor will spend approximately ninety minutes enjoying the Noah's Ark galleries and the adjacent outdoor park space.
- ?Does a timed ticket mean that I’ll be admitted to the gallery at that exact time?
All Noah’s Ark visitors are given an orientation at the entrance to Noah’s Ark. This brief and lively little intro presents our telling of the Noah’s Ark story. It also includes recommendations on how best to experience the galleries. You may need to wait a few minutes before entering and hearing this orientation if an orientation is already in progress. Thank you for patience!
- ?I might be late for my reserved entry time. Is that going to be a problem?
We encourage visitors to enter at their assigned entry time. Please keep in mind that your exit time will not be extended if your arrival is delayed.
- ?I purchased Noah’s Ark tickets and now I need a different time. What should I do?
Noah’s Ark tickets may not be refunded or exchanged. If your two-hour timed-entry ticket has expired by the time you arrive, you may still visit the Skirball’s other galleries using your Noah’s Ark ticket.
- ?Will we be able to touch the animals aboard Noah's Ark?
Yes, if the animals are within reach, you may mingle freely with them! Noah's Ark is a hands-on destination made of natural and repurposed materials. There are many things to see, touch, move, and discover. While in the galleries, please be kind and gentle to the animals and exhibits, so we can share them with all of our visitors for years to come.
- ?If I have questions when I’m inside Noah’s Ark, who can help me?
We have a skilled and caring team of educators and volunteers working inside the galleries who are great resources. They are ready to field and answer questions or show you something special aboard the Ark.
- ?I’d like to coordinate my entrance time to Noah’s Ark with an educator-led program inside the galleries. How do I do that?
Our “drop-in” gallery programs, like storytelling, music jams, and cooperative games, happen impromptu throughout the day, so chances are good that you and your family will be able to participate in a program during your two-hour visit.
The last gallery inside Noah’s Ark, the Rainbow Gallery, offers unique experiences and programs that change week to week as well.
We also offer an interactive tour for families on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. called “Two-by-Two,” which brings the time-honored flood tale to life through music, movement, and more. The “Two-by-Two program is subject to change or cancellation.
- ?What precautions does the Skirball take during the flu season?
The Skirball is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all visitors. The following are a few of the precautions we take to help prevent the spread of the flu virus and other illnesses:
- Regular cleaning and disinfection of all common areas, surfaces in gallery spaces, and restrooms
- Disinfection throughout the day of hands-on surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, and interactive items in the galleries
- Easy access to hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility
- Education of all staff on staying healthy during the flu season
- ?I hear there's a rainbow mist arbor in the outdoor arroyo garden outside Noah's Ark. Should we bring a change of clothes?
You may get a bit damp, especially if it's windy, but you will not likely need a change of clothes or a towel.
Note: To reduce water use in response to drought conditions, the rainbow mist arbor outside Noah’s Ark will be operational 12:00–4:50 p.m. on Thursdays and weekends only. Thank you for your support of water conservation.
- ?May I drop my children off in the Noah's Ark galleries, while I view a different exhibition or do something else?
Noah's Ark has been designed for generations to enjoy together. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The required minimum adult/child ratio is 1/4.
- ?Is photography permitted?
While prohibited in some Skirball galleries, photography for personal use is permitted and encouraged in Noah's Ark. Handheld cameras only; please do not bring tripods. If you are sharing your photos on social media, we'd love to see them, too! Tag us at @skirball_la.
- ?Are strollers permitted?
Yes, strollers are permitted.
- ?Is there a quiet place available for nursing mothers?
Yes, there is a family room located on the lower level of our main lobby.
- ?Are there programs related to Noah's Ark?
The Skirball offers a wide range of family programs, many of them related to Noah's Ark themes. Learn more…
- ?My family would like to have lunch during my visit. Is food available for purchase?
Enjoy lunch at Zeidler's Café, open Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Beverages and desserts are served until 4:30 p.m. Or pick up lighter fare at Zeidler's Cart, Tuesday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., located adjacent to Zeidler’s Cart. Zeidler's Cart now offers new family-friendly options such as hummus and veggies, peanut butter and jelly, fruit salad, and cookies.
Tables and chairs around campus are available—on a first-come, first-served basis only—for visitors to enjoy meals purchased from Zeidler’s Cart or brought from home. Food and beverages are strictly prohibited in the Museum galleries.
- ?Can I sign up for a group visit to Noah's Ark?
Yes, self-guided group visits to Noah’s Ark are available for groups of 10 or more. These may be booked on Wednesdays and Fridays. Learn more…
- ?Can I schedule my child's birthday party at the Skirball?
Unfortunately, no. Due to space and staffing limitations, the Skirball cannot accommodate birthday parties with visits to Noah's Ark.