Noah's Ark at the Skirball

Posted by Brandon |

For the first time ever, I need to thank internet advertising. If it weren't for an ad from the BlogHer Network on someone's blog, I never would've known about Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center and their awesome Noah's Ark exhibit that we visited on Saturday.

It all starts with an elephant and a zebra with piano keys.

If you have young kids, the Noah's Ark exhibit at the Skirball Center is an essential Los Angeles destination no matter what faith you belong to.

The exhibit is an interactive 8,000 square foot gallery with a floor to ceiling ark filled to the brim with animals made from found objects - including an alligator made from a violin case, kiwis made from oil cans and boxing gloves and catchers mask turtles - plush animals and puppets.

The fan owls were one the most striking and one of my favorites.

Kids can create wind and rain and thunder and lightning. They can help build the ark and fill it up. They can run around and climb on everything and pull ropes that should be pulled and spin things that should be spun and discover all the little hidden nooks and crannies throughout. There are so many little details to find, it's amazing. We spent a good hour, hour and a half in there and I'm sure we missed a whole bunch of stuff.

Climb up, pull a cord and watch the elephant trumpet.

They really put a lot of effort into making this a fun experience for kids of all ages. We took Addie and she loved the colors and textures even though she couldn't really understand what was going on. And me, the biggest kid of them all at 6'4" and 31 years old, had a blast playing with our little girl, cranking things and climbing all over. It quickly has become one of my favorite places in all of Los Angeles and something that I will be bummed about not being able to take our girl to when she grows up more when we move very soon.

Oooo...a birds eye view of the Ark!

While waiting for our entry time, we browsed the rest of the Jewish heritage wings of the museum and the Bob Dylan exhibit (that closed on Sunday, sorry!) that was easily worth the $10 admission fee on it's own. The Experience Music Project put together the exhibit and it showed with a variety of medias used very effectively and it's awesome interactivity. It was very informative and very well done.

Noah's Ark, Bob Dylan and Jewish Heritage makes for a wonderful day in LA. Thanks internet advertising!