Tue–Fri, 12:00–5:00 pm
Sat–Sun, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Closed Mondays 

Free on-site parking

Skirball Cultural Center

Plan Your Visit

*The app is developed for families with developmental disabilities and young children. Available in the App Store and on Google Play.



Prices vary: $7–12
FREE to Members and Children under 2
FREE to all on Thursdays

Ninety-minute time slots offered

Reservations recommended
Includes general admission

About Noah's Ark

Visit us aboard Noah’s Ark at the Skirball! This award-winning children's and family destination invites visitors of all generations to play, climb, build, make-believe, and make friends—all while exploring an eight-thousand-square-foot wooden ark filled to the rafters with whimsical animals. Share in a timeless story—and together envision a better world.

Imagine yourself immersed in a favorite childhood tale, which has parallels in cultures all over the 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 baseball mitts, mop heads, and rearview mirrors.

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

Children climbing on ropes in the interior of Noah's ark

More for Kids and Families

Please note: All offerings are subject to change or cancellation.

  • Archaeology Month at the Skirball

    Sundays in October at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Celebrate California Archaeology Month this October at the Skirball! Join us for live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and special projects led by archaeologists, indigenous teaching artists, and historians. You'll get the chance to craft your own soapstone amulet, dye fabric using acorns, and even make your very own paintbrush! Check out our Archaeology Dig webpage for the full schedule. 

    Archaeology tent at the Skirball
  • Family Art Studio

    Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

    Head to the Winnick Breezeway outside of Noah’s Ark to enjoy one-of-a-kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibitions, Jewish traditions, and the importance of caring for the world.

    • Aug 3–Oct 1—Tzedakah Boxes
      Get ready to practice the Jewish concept of tzedakah, or charitable giving, by making your own box to save money or items to give to those in need.
    • Oct 5–Nov 26—Block Print Books 
      Create your own colorfully patterned book cover inspired by the designs and stories found in the exhibition The American Library by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA.
    Photo of a family at a craft table outside at the Skirball
  • Story Time in the Amphitheater

    Thursdays and Fridays at 2:15 pm

    Hear flood tales from around the world, including China, Kenya, and the Americas. Through vibrant storytelling and participatory elements, your imagination will run wild as you become part of the story.

    Three educator performing a story in front of an audience kids and adults in an outdoor theater. There are standing on green grass-like circular matt with a wooden backdrop with colorful potted plants.
  • Music Jam in the Amphitheater

    Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 am (except August 6)

    Move to the rhythm! Grab a drum, shaker, or scraper and work with others to follow basic beats, participate in challenges, and build community through music.

    Educator in performing a story with arms stretched wide while children are watching from outdoor amphitheater seats. There is a wooden planked backdrop with color potted plants.
  • Archaeology Dig

    Saturday–Sunday until 4:15 pm

    Imagine you are an archaeologist at the Archaeology Dig! Sift and sort to find replicas of ancient artifacts buried beneath the sand, weigh and examine your findings, and analyze clues to discover what we have in common with people who lived three thousand years ago.

    Two girl in a sandbox sifting through the sand with screen to find artifact replicas of ancient pottery
  • Discovery Center


    Featuring archaeological artifacts from the ancient Near East and interactive displays, the Discovery Center invites you to learn about ancient trade routes, burial practices, methods of communication, and more.

    a rock cave at the entrance to the Discovery Center

Stream Noah's Ark Videos

Welcome to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

A Lenape Flood Story

Noah's Ark Brochures

The Story of Noah's Ark at the Skirball

Read more about the making and mission of the Skirball's children's and family destination.

Noah’s Ark from Head to Tail

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

Contributor Spotlights

A zebra made of wood and a keyboard

Are you curious about the inner workings of Noah’s Ark at the Skirball? Discover who built it, where our found-art animals come from, and how we bring our puppets to life. There’s even a rainbow at the end.


Browse the Noah’s Ark Collection

A small furry grey stuffed animal of a wolf.

Find children’s books, puppets, toys, and games from Audrey’s Museum Store that celebrate the natural world and its wondrous, wild, wooly, scaly, and leafy inhabitants!  


Mother holding young daughter dancing and smiling outside during a festival

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