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.
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- $7 for one adult admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium (a $14.99 value)
- $4 for one child admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium (a $7.99 value)
- $21 for admission for two adults and two children to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium (a $45.96 value)
More than 500 shocking and unusual artifacts from around the world inhabit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a three-story museum that houses shrunken heads, a two-headed calf, and other curiosities. From a shrunken human head to a giant-sized wooden chair, the museum’s contents thrill guests as they maneuver through hands-on exhibits and rooms showcasing various artistic feats, including a portrait of Jimi Hendrix made entirely out of disassembled Rubik’s Cubes.
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.
It has plenty of oddities and mysterious things to wrap your mind aroundCole M., Yelp, 1/19/11
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738