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Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Niagara Falls - Fun for the Whole Family
Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum can be found in the bustling area of Clifton Hills in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is one of many Ripley's museums around the world. Established in 1963, it's known as one of Niagara's best museums, and it's certainly one of the most popular. Robert Ripley made it his mission in life to travel the world and collect the strangest, most fascinating, unbelievable artifacts he could find, as well as learn customs, curiosities and illusions from different cultures, and track down people with odd and interesting talents.
Some of the things you'll find in Ripley's
Among the 700 plus exhibits in Ripley's Believe it or Not, you'll find everything from replicas of two-headed animals, to the world's fattest man (weighing in at 1,400 pounds) and the world's tallest man (8'11 1/2"), to a vampire killing kit circa 1850, authentic shrunken human heads, and voodoo paraphernalia from Africa, the Caribbean and New Orleans. You never know what you're going to come across next, and each thing is more unbelievable and bizarre than the last. There are also interactive displays and activities that will mess with your mind and bend reality. Two of the fun interactive displays that also make great photo opportunities are the Chippendale chair that belonged to "Viking Giant" Johann Petursson, and the 18th century Spanish public humiliation stocks.
There's also the Niagara Theater, where you can sit down and watch
videos of daredevils from the past who have attempted to cross or go over the
Falls, and even those who have taken accidental trips over
the Falls. You'll also take a trip through a dark and spooky graveyard
with full-sized tombstones that have unusual and hilarious epitaphs that
Robert Ripley found in cemeteries all over the world and recreated for
the delight and amusement of museum-goers. Two of my personal favorite
epitaphs: "Here lies the body of dentist DeMille in the largest cavity
he'll ever fill" and "Beneath this stone my wife doth lie, she's now at
rest and so am I".
Ticket prices and deals for Ripley's museum
Tickets for adults (13-64) are $15.81, and for children (6-12), it's $7.90. Kids 5 and under get in free. You can also get a 3 Attraction Combo ticket, which gets you into Ripley's Believe it or Not!, Ripley's Moving Theatre, and Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum. The Combo ticket is $47.17 for adults and $23.70 for kids. Or, you can buy a Clifton Hill Fun Pass right across the street from Ripley's at Galaxy Gulf. It's a great deal if you plan to spend the entire day or weekend at Clifton Hill checking out attractions. For $29.95 per adult and $19.95 per child, you get to see six attractions and save a ton of money. The Fun Passes include not only Ripley's Believe it or Not!, but also the Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Dinosaur Park or Galaxy Gulf, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, FX Ride Theatre, and midway tokens to use at the Great Canadian Midway. Ticket prices may vary depending on specials or promotions, and they may change over time, but they're listed on both the Ripley's and Clifton Hill websites.
If you're planning a trip to Niagara Falls and you want to spend some time at Clifton Hill, be sure to check out their website for information on all the attractions the Hill has to offer. You'll also find special deals and promotions, information about hotels, history of the area, activities, maps and brochures.
If you can't make it to the museum in Niagara Falls, there are plenty of other locations to choose from. Check out the official Ripley's website for locations, as well as to learn more about Robert Ripley himself, and find information on Ripley's books, the TV show, and movies.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! is full of bizarre, amazing and amusing displays from all over the world. It's a place that the entire family will enjoy from beginning to end.
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