How Long Did It Take to Build the Ark?

by Ark Encounter on November 2, 2023

A common question we receive at the Ark Encounter is “How long did it take Noah to build the ark?” While the Bible does not directly answer that question, it does give us some clues.

The likely view is that it took a maximum of 75 years to build Noah’s ark. When God told Noah to build the ark, he said that it would be for Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their sons’ wives (Genesis 6:18). It seems God did not tell Noah about the upcoming flood until Noah’s sons were already grown-up and married. Assuming a minimum of 25 years from Noah’s 500th year to allow for his sons to be born, mature, and marry, then Noah would have had a maximum of 75 years to build the ark.

Noah Building the Ark Illustration

There are views that it took Noah 100 or 120 years to build the ark, but you can find out why they are unlikely time frames when you visit our life-size Noah’s Ark or watch the video below.

How Long Did It Take?

In this video, Dr. Tim Chaffey shares several verses from the Bible that give us a timeline of how long it took Noah to build the ark. He also discusses whether or not Noah built the ark all by himself or if he had help.

To learn more about this topic, check out “How Long Did It Take for Noah to Build the Ark?” and start planning your visit to the Ark Encounter today.