The first room you enter contains many great puzzles and brainteasers. There is a mirror for practicing making funny faces and rolling your tongue. Make sure you give it a try. You then move into a room with several unique inventions. There is a stretch Cadillac Limo with a "heart shaped" hot tub. They have a vacuum cleaner from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
My favorite room, I call the "freak room". You see replicas and read descriptions of several extremely strange characters. There is "The Lighthouse Man" who was from China and he gave American Sailors tours with a 7" candle imbedded into his head. Then there is "The Human Unicorn" from Manchuria, China with a 13" horn growing out of the back of his head. My favorite freak is "Chamoor". He would sit inside of a hot oven with a leg of lamb on his lap. When he would climb out of the oven, the lamb was fully cooked. The question that my kids and I have for Chamoor is, "Why?"
The next room my kids call the "creepy room". The room is darkened and the displays are eerily lighted. Here you find shrunken heads, human skin hats, ancient cannibal skulls, and many other oddities.
There is a movie room, where you see old, black and white movies of several strange characters with odd abilities. You see a man smoke through his eyes, a high-wire daredevil, a human cannonball, and several more unbelievable acts.
I like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but it rarely changes. If you have never been, it is recommended. The only reason that I went on this trip was for the kids. They can go and enjoy it every time.
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From journal First Family Vacation Ever
Providence Village, Texas
May 24, 2006
From journal Family Trip to Branson
November 7, 2005
This museum is modeled after a building damaged by the 1812 New Madrid, Missouri, earthquake that measured a whopping 8.01 on the Richter Scale. At first glance, you wonder how it stands upright, then you glance again and are STILL baffled at the sight! Once inside the building, you will pay admission, about $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. (Note: With discounts, this price is substantially lower, so check out those fliers offered!)
This museum is jam-packed with memorabilia, oddities, and articles and exhibits unique to mankind. Ripley was a collector, and his collection is a sight to behold! We especially loved the movie exhibits and exhibit of figures, like the picture of "THE LAST SUPPER," amazingly well done and quite interesting, especially for those who have read books on the subject!
All in all, it is a great museum, and though a bit pricey, you can spend all the time you want in the museum without anyone asking you to hurry up! There is a small gift shop in the building, but I wouldn't suggest that you spend much money there, as it has mostly kitschy stuff and generic junk. Save your bucks for the mega-mall or discount mall down the street!
From journal Branson, Missouri, Here We Come...
by Ms. Foley
kansas city, Missouri
September 8, 2004
From journal Branson
by jdb and rlb
May 5, 2004
From journal Branson in Spring
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
April 15, 2004
From journal Branson, The Perfect Family Vacation
January 22, 2004
From journal Holiday Getaway in Branson
by Coach Dad
July 15, 2003
From journal Branson Vacation 2003
Fort Wayne, Indiana
April 10, 2003
There are lots of other activities and shows in Branson, so I would not spend the time to see this museum again in the future.
It is room after room of unusual items (Believe it or Not!): some are the actual item, some are recreations and some are just posters talking about unusual events, items, places or people.
From journal Branson over Spring Break