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“Noah's Ark!”

Skirball Cultural Center
Ranked #53 of 547 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum and cultural center holds the world's fifth-largest collection of artifacts concerning Judaism and American life. Noah's Ark is an interactive playspace for families, with a separate timed admission ticket.
Simi Valley, California
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Noah's Ark!”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Noah's Ark at the Skirball was a really great experience. We have two daughters age 5 and 7 and they had a great time playing and discovering and touching everything!!! And it is all allowed. The exhibit contains animals made from all kinds of recycled items. In the small room that you wait before you go in there are several birds suspended from the ceiling that are made from shoes, purses, mini-blinds, recurve bows, whisks, and old canes among other things. Their are lots of hands on things like a wind maker, a rain maker, moving the heads of giraffes, a puzzle that makes part of the hull of the ark, and then when you get inside of the ark kids can climb all over and put things down chutes, pull things up on ropes, and generally have a great time.

NOTE: If you are able to make a reservation for a Thursday it is free!!! You only get about 2 hours to explore and play, but really that is enough time to have a bunch of fun

Visited March 2012
Thank Dustin E
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California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado,
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111 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“"One of those places you need periodically to return to"”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Well done, well documented, easy to visit, easy to explore, and close to the freeways and downtown LA.

Thank amercorp
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122 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Something for everyone”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

If you have a 2 yr. old and a 10 yr old, this museum will satisfy both. If you have a 2 yr. old, a 10 yr. old and grandparents, everyone will find something to enjoy. This museum is home to Noah's Ark - an incredible tactile and visual experience. The concept is to interpret Noah's Ark through art and imagination. Once you enter the exhibit, a docent gives a brief explanation of what you will see. After the entry, guests enter a large area filled with stuffed animals and various over-sized animals represented in various artistic mediums. There lots of manipulative exhibits, showing different prespectives of what you would find on a ship. A hallway filled with various Noah's Arks leads to the next large room. This area contains cooking centers, climbing options that lead to a rope walkway around the upper level of the room, and other interactive experiences. The final large area has puzzles, materials to build animal habitats for the animals and small tables and chairs. Tickets to this exhibit are timed for a 2 hour period and that is more than enough time to satisfactorialy enjoy this exhibit. Upstairs there is a gift shop with unusual age-appropriate gifts.

But that is not all this museum has to offer. There are galleries with other cultural and artistic exhibits that will entice older patrons. There is a cafe with a thorough selections for quick meals and plenty of kid-friendly tables for relaxed dining. For something more extensive, there is a marvelous cafe that is also kid-friendly. Their food is high-caliber and fresh. They have good selections for children and if you have a food-throwing toddler, the floor can withstand that.

This is a Los Angeles gem.

Visited March 2012
Thank patio53
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Los Angeles, California
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244 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Interesting Jewish Historical and Cultural Museum”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Wonderful museum with varying events and exhibits. Good concerts here during the summers outside on the back patio area. Nice place to spend a summer night.

Visited July 2011
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
“Wonderful visit”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

I discovered a brochure at the hotel I was staying at. I had an afternoon to kill, but had SUCH a wonderful time I wished I had planned a day. Great experience and can't wait to come again when I'm on the west coast next.

Visited March 2012
Thank GlobeTrotter247
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