Comprised of 8,000 square feet of hands-on interior galleries, an adjacent amphitheater, and other outdoor education areas, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball provides a welcoming environment for children and families. The design helps visitors celebrate their own unique identities, explore communal values and gain a positive perspective on cultural differences. The Skirball Cultural Center, which opened to the public in 1996, is dedicated to exploring the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. Alan Maskin led the overall design of the project as well as designed countless animals. Jim Olson led the design of the ark.