About Noah's Ark
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.
Inside a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals, you and your family will play, build, climb, explore, make music, make friends, and more. 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. While visiting the galleries, meet a puppet, 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.
Journey Behind the Scenes
Read about the collaboration of educators, architects, artists, and designers to develop and build this feat of artistry and engineering.
Discover how Noah's Ark helps to fulfill the Skirball's core mission as a Jewish institution.
Find out how gallery educators lend vitality to the flamingo, snow leopard, and other puppets aboard Noah’s Ark.