Explore Robert Ripley’s Collection of Amazingly Weird Artifacts

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson OdditoriumLast 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.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson OdditoriumI 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.

 

 

 

Become a Believer at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Branson

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!The name “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum” is fitting because you really won’t believe your eyes when you enter the odditorium.

Uncover some of the world’s strangest facts and oddities collected by Robert Ripley as you venture through the 12,000 square feet filled with more than 450 artifacts and 8 themed galleries modeled after the 1812 earthquake.

The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum and Odditorium is an opportunity to explore a world of fascinating artifacts and galleries filled with 19th-century vampire killing kits, shrunken heads, a replica of the Roman Coliseum made out of playing cards, amazing optical illusions and tales such as the 1945 rooster from Fruita, Colorado that survived decapitation and lived for 18 months.

Too crazy to believe? You decide for yourself.Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! will be an instant hit with your entire family, especially after you are greeted in the parking lot by a 22-ft. tall transformer. Just be prepared to spend an hour or two there because there are just too many interesting things to look at and explore.

For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyRipleysBelieveItOrNotMuseumTickets.cfm.

 

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I Believe it, Ripley!

Branson 11.13 001Wednesday I went to what is probably the most unique place on Earth—the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Branson.

Before my trip to the museum I didn’t know who exactly Robert Ripley was, but now I think he ranks in the top 5 people I would want to have a conversation with if I could talk to anyone alive or dead.

Here’s why:

1. He started his career in the early 1900s as a newspaper cartoonist, eventually authoring the famous “Believe It or Not!” comic, which featured a cornucopia of weird and funny images.

2. After “Believe It or Not” gained fame, Ripley explored the world in search of odd people and bizarre things.

3. Basically, Ripley was the forerunner to the internet when it comes to showcasing strange feats, out of the ordinary people, and truly unexpected artwork.

4. He said, “I have traveled to 201 countries including Hell (Norway), and the strangest thing I’ve seen…is man.”

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The seemingly crumbling “Odditorium” is filled with artifacts even more strange than the building’s exterior. This museum was right up my alley! I loved the bizarre artwork and sculptures, like the painting of Van Gogh comprised entirely of painted butterfly wings or the giant Hulk statue made only of car parts.

There is something to interest every generation in this museum; nostalgia from the past as well as fun illusions. I saw everything from a real shrunken human head to a replica of the world’s largest pearl! This is definitely one place you don’t want to miss on your next Branson trip.