Robert Ripley made his name showcasing some of nature’s strangest phenomena, from optical illusions to two-headed animals to why his trees were capable of growing toilet paper during homecoming games. Study mysterious streamers with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $17 for two Odditorium admissions (up to a $33.98 value)
- $32 for four Odditorium admissions (up to a $67.96 value)
Spread across two floors, the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium includes almost 300 exhibits, which celebrate the odd and the unusual. The collection includes ancient artifacts—including the mummified foot of an ancient Egyptian priestess from the 12th dynasty—as well as pieces of bizarre yet astounding artwork, such as famous Hollywood sights constructed entirely of duct tape and a photographic mosaic made of 50,625 individually pinned sequins.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s has enthralled audiences for more than nine decades with its dedication to revealing odd and unexplainable rarities from around the globe. But it all began with one man: Robert Ripley, a wildly successful and eccentric character who rose to fame during the first half of the 20th century. After selling his first cartoon to Life magazine at age 14, he set out on a quick-paced career of drawing sports cartoons for the New York Globe. During a slow day at the office, he sketched nine unusual sporting events and finished his work with a title: “Believe It or Not!” It became immensely popular, allowing Ripley to travel the world in search of more bizarre stories to put into his comic strips. While visiting relatively unknown areas in locales such as India, China, and the inside of his neighbor’s chimney, he picked up a slew of unbelievable souvenirs that later became fixtures in several of Ripley’s museums, or as they’re affectionately called today, Odditoriums. Ripley’s now encompasses publications, attractions, a television show, and a blog, all of which carry Ripley’s tradition of reporting on the world’s curiosities.