For anyone interested in the weird, strange, and downright wacky – Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum in London offers hours of fascination and entertainment. From death masks, decorated cannibal skulls, shrunken heads, and even mummified Egyptian hands, there's no telling what you'll come across during your visit to Ripley's.
The museum, which is one of 32 Ripley museums located all around the world, was founded by Robert L. Ripley, (also known as the “modern Marco Polo”), a discoverer who made a name for himself by documenting the strangest individuals, customs and artifacts known to man. During his lifetime Ripley travelled to 201 different countries in 35 years, and opened a chain of museums to show off some of the strangest objects he found during his travels.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Highlights
There are over 700 different artifacts located inside Ripley's London attraction, which range from self-deformed Peruvian skulls, legendary fertility statues, and even a five-legged cow and an albino alligator!
In the “Gallery of the Greats” exhibition, visitors can admire a collection of amazing art which was created from various materials such as stamps, butterflies, laundry lint, matchsticks, and even toast and dung! Some of the many jaw-dropping pieces include an eight-foot tall Optimus Prime made of recycled car parts, a Beatles sculpture made of chewing gum, a candy portrait of Michael Jackson, and a replica of the Titanic made entirely of matchsticks; (over 147,000 of them, to be exact).
There's also a variety of historical artifacts such as a Christmas card from Prince Philip to Prince Charles, first edition Agathie Christie books, and even the original illustrations from Peter Pan. Visitors can also explore the “Hall of Exotica,” which features exhibitions and displays on how beauty is seen in different cultures around the world.
There's also a rotating vortex tunnel where visitors can enter a twisting and turning tunnel, and a Mission Impossible-style LaseRace challenge, where you can crawl and twist your way through the various laser beams – just like Tom Cruise. If you have the stamina, you can even try the Ripley's Marvellous Mirror Maze – will you find your way through the maze without getting lost in the mind-boggling optical illusions?
- If you want to have a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in London after your visit to Ripley's, you can purchase a “Ripley's London + 2 course meal at Hard Rock Cafe London” package for £36 (for adults) or £31 (for children). Tickets can only be bought online.
- If you want to visit the London Bridge along with Ripley's, you can purchase a “Ripley's Plus Entry to the London Bridge Experience and Tombs” package for £28 (for adults) and £22 (for children).
- If you're going to be using The Original London Sightseeing Tour's hop-on, hop-off bus, you can purchase a super value package which includes a 24-hour ticket on the Original London Sightseeing Tour buses, as well as entry into Ripley's for £35 (for adults) and £25 (for children).