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Ripleys Believe it or Not!

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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

The odd, the weird, and the downright bizarre are captured in all their glory at Ripleys Believe It or Not NYC. Yes, you'll even see Sideshow Wonders perform feats bordering on the inhuman. But, believe it or not, this is a highly entertaining way to spend the day!

Experience a place where fact is stranger than fiction! Located in the heart of Times Square, the Odditorium at Ripleys Believe It or Not NYC gives visitors the chance to explore over 17,000 square feet of the unbelievable. There are more than twenty galleries of outrageous interactive and archival exhibits. Your self-guided adventure is sure to amaze as you come face-to-face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world, as well as the ultimate glimpse of New York’s odd and unique past.

Ripleys Believe it or Not NYC Sideshow Wonders feature live performances that you must see to believe! Twelve sideshow stars call the Odditorium home, from The Incredible Lizardman and his 30 different acts (think sword-swallowing, and fire & bug eating), to the crew’s newest addition, Tyler Fyre & Thrill Kill Jill, daredevils who perform a fast-paced series of incredible stunts. Other freakish acts include “Nelson Lugo, the Pain-Proof Man, and Albert Cadabra, the Human Blockhead”

Hours

Daily: 9:00 am-1:00 am (Last ticket is sold at midnight);
Operating hours are subject to change. Check www.ripleysnewyork.com to confirm hours.

Closings

Open 365 days a year.

Note

Ripley's Time Square is handicapped accessible and photography is allowed throughout the museum.

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Address

234 West 42nd Street
Times Square
New York, NY 10036

Public Transportation

By Subway: A, C, E, S (Port Authority/42nd Street); 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, 7 (Times Square/42nd Street); By Bus: M57, M16, M27, M42, and M104 all stop within blocks of Ripley's.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not NYC boasts an incredibly bizarre array of exhibits. There is something to dazzle (or perhaps terrify) every member of the family! From a vast array of authentic shrunken heads to a authentic collection of Olympic flames, each exhibit is weirder than the next. Other interesting artifacts include a section of the Berlin Wall, a six-legged cow, an albino giraffe, and a lock of Elvis’s hair!

Don’t miss Ripley’s OddShop, the perfect finale to your visit. There you can pick up some freakish items to remind you of your weird New York encounter with the grotesque, from crazy candy and jewelry to more mainstream t-shirts. Ripleys Believe It or Not NYC is also handicapped accessible and offers loaner wheelchairs for those who need them. Photography is permitted, and even encouraged in the building, so don’t hold back from snapping shots! Ripley’s is family friendly, so DO bring your kids. And don’t be ashamed to admit that you enjoyed the experience more than they did!

Ripley’s New York Odditorium is a great example of the Grotesque. An inherently American idea, the Grotesque was an artistic and literary movement that focused on the distorted, weird, and supernatural elements of life that people find at once both fascinating and disgusting or bizarre. Capitalizing on this fascination, cartoonist and entrepreneur Robert Ripley used his collections of bizarre paraphernalia to entertain and amuse, and the idea has remained popular since the opening of the first Ripley’s in Chicago in 1933.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not New York City may not be New York’s most famous attraction, but it may be its most unforgettable. Save on admission for NYC Bus Tours, plus New York City's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the New York Explorer Pass!

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Fun Way to Pass an Hour or Two
By BornNewYorker Verified Reviewer from Bowling Green, KY on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Ripleys Believe it or Not! Odditorium:

Maybe you have to be a bit odd to enjoy this kind of thing. If that's the case, call me strange; I don't care because I find it FUN! Truth be told, you really aren't going to find anything that is hard to "believe". Much of it is shown on the history channel and places like that. I could have done with less of the shrinking heads, but the black hole tunnel was a big hit with everyone in our group. Definitely an interesting way to pass a couple of hours. I wouldn't call it the highlight of our trip, but it was entertaining.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

This place is so cool!
By Travel Lover Verified Reviewer from San Francisco on
Pros:
Interesting, fun, Unique
Best Uses:
Great for kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Ripleys Believe it or Not! Odditorium:

We really enjoyed Ripleys Odditorium! My kids especially loved the twisty tunnel! We all had so much fun there.

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  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

234 West 42nd Street
Times Square
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-398-3133

Website: Ripley's Believe it or Not! New York

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