I remember going to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Los Angeles when I was a teenager and many (many!) years later I still remember some of the artifacts that I saw there. I will never forget that eerie feeling seeing those thought-provoking oddities and strange objects. Recently I got the chance to visit the Ripley’s Times Square location with my kids and not only got to experience seeing these amazing exhibits, but also go through it all again and watch my children’s eyes full of wonder as they learned about these incredible artifacts.
The museum currently has a very special exhibit: the Centennial Ball that drops at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The ball is huge and made of lots of crystals that are illuminated by colorful light bulbs that change colors. It is absolutely dazzling when seen up close.
Ripley’s has over 500 exhibits in 20 galleries and we had a blast spending time in each gallery. This gorilla stands 12 feet tall and is made entirely of recycled car tires:
Robert Pershing Wadlow – the tallest man in medical history, was 8 feet, 11 inches:
This two-trunked elephant had two fully developed usable trunks:
Sports fans can enjoy a baseball exhibit which includes sports memorabilia, such as dozens of bats from the Hall of Fame and original stadium seats:
Not many kids know what a typewriter is, but they can see parts of it in this Darth Vader bust, made in part of typewriters:
This wall is made of 70,000 stamps or stamp pieces:
A woman of the Kayan-Lahwi tribe of Myanmar wearing brass neck rings :
Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not at 234 West 42nd Street in Times Square. Click here to purchase tickets. The museum is appropriate for all ages; my kids, ages 4-10, had a blast and loved seeing all of the exhibits and learning cool facts!
I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 10, 7 and 4) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.