Last week I visited the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum in Branson and found one simple quote from Robert Ripley himself to best describe my experience:
“I have traveled in 201 countries and the strangest thing I saw was man.”
Ripley’s entire odditorium in Branson is filled with the amazing artifacts that tell the stories of people all over the world. Ripley lived an incredible life filled with adventure and had a passion for sharing his unbelievable discoveries from the ends of the earth with the rest of the world and he used comics published in newspapers and books to illustrate his findings. His comics eventually spanned all mediums to include radio, television and movies.
His cartoon series was estimated to have 80 million readers worldwide and he acquired hundreds of exotic artifacts in his search for unbelievable stories. He claimed that his facts were never false and received millions of pieces of mail every year from readers. When you enter the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Branson, you’ll understand what all the hype is really about.
I could have easily spent a full two hours in the museum with so many strange and interesting things to look at and read about. The collection is such a rare group of relics that demonstrate the true variety of human culture. Seeing such a variety of things makes me feel like I’ve hardly scraped the surface of all the amazing things this world has to offer.
I browsed through the exhibits filled with ancient artifacts including a real shrunken head, a fur-covered trout originally caught in Lake Ontario, a bedpan guitar, a model of the world’s tallest man who broke records with a height of more than 8 feet tall, and of course, the 22-foot tall Optimus Prime at the front door.
What other museum boasts exhibits like that? One exhibit that I found to be especially weird was a promotional stunt by Charmin and the largest roll of toilet paper in the world. Standing 102-feet tall and containing more than one million square feet of tissue, that thing was gigantic. You’ll have to see it for yourself to understand.
A visit to Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that, if anything, will arm you with a ridiculous amount of conversation starters.
So check it out for yourself and let us know what you think! Click here for tickets or more information.
Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum is at 3326 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, just down the street from the Clay Cooper Theatre.