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Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Niagara Falls - Fun for the Whole Family

Updated on April 13, 2011
Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum in Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls | Source

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".

Some of the headstones found in the 'cemetery' inside Ripley's museum
Some of the headstones found in the 'cemetery' inside Ripley's museum
The Fun Pass is a great deal and will allow you to check out a lot if Clifton Hill's great attractions, including Ripley's Believe it or Not
The Fun Pass is a great deal and will allow you to check out a lot if Clifton Hill's great attractions, including Ripley's Believe it or Not

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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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Kenneth, your comment really made my night! I'm grateful that you shared it on Facebook, and glad to have you as a follower. :-)

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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      Marie Landry 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Niagara Falls is such a beautiful place and Ripley's really is a lot of fun! If you ever have the opportunity to go to one, I'd definitely recommend it. That is me in the chair, and believe me, I'm not a small person by any means - that chair is HUGE! LOL Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Nice page. Long time since I went to Niagra Falls - nearly 40 years in fact. Never been to a Ripleys Museum but I like the idea; particularly the nice epitaphs and the chair.

      Is that you SweetMarie in the chair? Are you sure it's the chair that's big, and you are normal? Or is it the chair that's normal and you are just very very small??? (LOL)

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      Marie Landry 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I didn't know there used to be a Ripley's section in the paper, how cool! Thanks for sharing, Carol. :-)

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      carolapple 7 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

      How fun! Great pictures too. I used to look forward to reading Ripley's Believe It or Not in the Sunday paper. That was back in the old days when things were simpler.

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      Marie Landry 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Eiddwen and Cogerson! It was a lot of fun. Niagara Falls is a beautiful place and there's so much to do - we were only there 2 days that particular trip and we spent almost the entire time out exploring. There were dozens of things we added to our list for the next time we go!

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      UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

      It sounds like you had a great time....I have been to Niagara falls twice but both times I was a kid and my parents controlled the entire trip....I need to go back as an adult....thanks for posting

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Great hub and so well presented.

      We are never too old to learn new things are we and I certainly learnt so much today from this hub.

      Well done and I push all the buttons on here.

      Take care

      Eidddwen.

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