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, explore, make-believe, and make friends—all while exploring an eight-thousand-square-foot wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals and new storm clouds that will spark your senses. 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.
Immuno-Friendly Hours—Beginning in JuneThursday–Friday, 12:00–1:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00–11:00 am
Effective June 1, the Skirball will no longer require children under 12 to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for entry (individuals ages 12 and up must continue to do so). Knowing that many visitors appreciate this extra precaution for children, we have designated select Noah’s Ark sessions beginning in June that will continue requiring all visitors, including babies and children under the age of 12, to show proof of one of the following prior to entry:
- A negative COVID-19 test result from the past 72 hours
- Full vaccination
Whether members of your party are immunocompromised, you prefer this added measure, or the time slot simply works best for your schedule, all are welcome to sign up for this offering. To register, select the “IMMUNO-FRIENDLY HOURS” button on the right.
Explore OutdoorsAfter your hour aboard the Ark, spend time enjoying the Skirball’s outdoor spaces. During your visit, you can:
- Hear a Noah’s Ark educator retell a flood story in the amphitheater
- Unwind with mindfulness prompts along a self-guided nature walk
- Get creative by adding to an art installation and making a take-home art project
- Look for replicas of artifacts at the Archaeology Dig (on weekends)
"Extraordinary … A celebration of play, inspiring fascination, reviving wonder."—New York Times
Let’s Stay Safe
The Skirball Cultural Center uses CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations to guide our policies and consulted with a specialist at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health on how to operate Noah’s Ark in the safest way possible. When you return, you'll notice fewer visitors in the gallery, bins to place toys after use, sanitizing wipes throughout the galleries, upgraded air filtration, and closures between daily sessions for cleaning.