Ripley's Museum Key West
Key West, Florida, USA
- The Odditorium: 10,000 square feet of crazy, with over 500 exhibits in 13 galleries, plus video clips from the top-rated TBS TV series starring Dean Cain.
- Self-guided tour: Take your time and make your own way through the air-conditioned galleries. Linger if you're fascinated, hurry on when you're horrified.
- Outlandish attractions: Imagine seeing two-headed creatures, the world's tallest man, a prehistoric Mastodon skeleton, a car covered completely in dimes. Weird!
About this Key West, Florida tour
It's lucky for Robert Ripley that border security back in the 1930s wasn't tight like today. That's when he was crisscrossing the globe, visiting more than 200 countries to bring back the oddities you'll see in this strange place. Some of this stuff would make today's TSA agents faint or run away in fright. Will you make it through Ripley's Odditorium?
This guy was the original talented Mr. Ripley. As a newspaper cartoonist, he created the popular Believe It or Not! series, covering everything from amazing athletic feats to exotic places and odd characters. His cartoons reached more than 80 million readers and people wanted more. So Ripley produced live radio shows recorded from peculiar places like snake pits, and he made a series of short and strange films shown in theaters. All this weird reporting made him very wealthy.
Ripley opened his first Odditorium at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, where they kept beds available for the people who fainted daily. You can now faint at Odditoriums in several cities, but this one has local curiosities you won't find anywhere else, including the very typewriter Ernest Hemingway used to tap out his novels and a shrunken torso that once belonged to the famous writer. Guess he had his weird side too.
Stand next to Miracle, a buffalo whose odds of being born pure white are one in ten million. (Who knows your next lottery ticket might be a winner.) Try with all your might to stay upright in the mind-blowing Vortex Tunnel. Come face to face with some odd dudes the world's heaviest man, a shark attack survivor, and the original vampire, Vlad The Impaler.
Ripley, Sousa and star-filled songs
In 1929, Ripley drew a cartoon announcing: "Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem." The Star Spangled Banner, adopted popularly, had never been made official. The famous bandleader John Philip Sousa marched up to advocate formal status for the song, and in 1931 President Hoover made it official. Just to keep all these starry songs straight, Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever became the USA's National March in 1987.
Please proceed to Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum! at 108 Duval Street, Key West, FL. 33040
This tour is self-guided. Daily, opens at 9:00 am, last ticket accepted 10:00 pm, 365 day a year. Reservations are not required.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. This tour is wheelchair accessible.
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 4 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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