Among the many problems with the Creation Museum's "Noah's Ark" is the shape of the ark. Most people are used to it being a sort of double-ended boat with a crude house on top. This is absolutely nothing like what was intended. It is a far later depiction.
However, few people ever consider the other ark; the ark of the covenant. The Ark of the Covenant is well-described in cubits and spans, just as Noah's Ark is. Why then, should one be a box and not the other?
Here is what the painter [wiki]Hans Holbein the Younger[/wiki] drew around 1540, Holbein was no idiot. He was hired to illustrate the bible - obviously, he would not have drawn something that did not agree with everyone's idea of what the Ark looked like.
Are there any other clues to tell us that the Ark was a huge box and not at all like a boat with a house on it? Yes. The story of Utnapishtim, the hero of the flood myth, can also be found in the Babylonian Epic of [wiki]Atrahasis[/wiki] which is incorporated into the [wiki]Epic of Gilgamesh[/wiki]. In this our hero is told by one of the gods, Ea, to build a boat in the shape of a box and to fill it with all the animals in creation.
In this work, the hero, Gilgamesh, meets the immortal man, Utnapishtim, and the latter describes how the god, Ea, instructed him to build a huge vessel in anticipation of a deity-created flood that would destroy the world; the vessel was not only intended for Utnapishtim, but was built to also protect his family, his friends and animals.
If the Creation Museum had stuck to just making a box, it would have been far cheaper and they would not have run out of money... They ran out of money because they disobeyed God and angered Him.
Oxford English Dictionary (online, subscription only)
ark, n. 1. A chest, box, coffer, close basket, or similar receptacle; esp. a. in north. dial. a large wooden bin or hutch for storing meal, bread, fruit, etc.
Origin of ARK: Middle English, from Old English arc, from Latin arca chest; akin to Latin arc?re to hold off, defend, Greek arkein, Hittite ?ark- to have, hold
First Known Use: before 12th century