Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are temporarily closed until April 20 or later.
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Ark Encounter Hours

Current Hours

Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter is closed.

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April 20 – May 31, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

June 1 – August 16, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

August 17 – October 31, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 1 – November 25, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2020

November 27 – December 30, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Christmas during our free holiday exclusive event, ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24–25, 2020

December 31, 2020 – March 9, 2021

Closed Sunday and Monday

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


All hours are Eastern Time. Operating hours are subject to change.

The Ark Encounter is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Gates for incoming traffic close 30 minutes prior to closing.

Emzara’s Restaurant

To see when Emzara’s restaraunt and other food venues will be open during your visit, please visit the dining page for more information.

Zip Lines

Availability varies throughout the year. See the zip line page for more information or call Reservations at (800) 721-2298.