Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums are very fascinating places, and they are just full of objects and illustrated anecdotes of the unusual, the weird, the strange and the downright odd! There are now 13 museum locations in the United States, and even more are located in countries worldwide. The museums themselves are fairly large and very well laid out. The museum exhibits are well-lit and big enough for a crowd to get a good look. Some of the displays in the museums are hands on and interactive, perfect for keeping younger children engaged and interested in them.
About the Museum
The bizarre museum collection was created by Leroy (Robert) Ripley, who began writing a series of comics titled ‘Believe It Or Not’ back in 1913. These comics illustrated some of the odd and unexplainable wonders found all over the world. Mr. Ripley then began traveling in order to find more stories and examples of the weird and unusual, and began collecting quite a number of the items he found to write about.
Ripley first displayed his collection at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1933, in an exhibit hall that was named ‘Ripley’s Odditorium’. The Odditorium exhibit attracted over 2 million visitors during the run of the fair! Since that time, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not franchise has opened 29 ‘Odditorium” museums all over the world.
The museums are home to replicas and wax dummies of some of the most unusual people and things ever seen! For example:
- The Worlds Tallest man (Robert Wadlow, who was 8 feet, 11 inches tall when he died!!)
- A reproduction of painting of The Last Supper, made using differently shaded burnt pieces of toast.
- The Human Unicorn (this man had a 13 inch horn growing from the top of his head)
And there are many, many others. There are films to watch, and photographs to view – the exhibits are amazing and well worth seeing.
Admission prices are very reasonable for a tourist attraction. On average, the prices are:
- Adults (ages 12 and over) $13.95
- Juniors (ages 4 to 11) $9.95
- Seniors (ages 55+) $11.95
- Children 3 and younger are admitted free.