Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Looking for a place where you can find authentic shrunken heads, a 19th century vampire killing kit, and the world’s longest chewing gum wrapper chain? Want to learn about ancient Egyptian tombs and cannibalism? Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium is the place to be!
I’ll admit I was nervous to enter this place, as there are only so many shrunken heads, modified body parts, and mummy hands I can look at; but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned from the Odditorium. Did you know that in ancient Egypt, the falcon symbolized superiority, spirit, light and freedom, which is why many Egyption Gods, such as Horus, were represented with falcon heads? How about that the tallest person to have ever lived stood at 8 feet 11 inches? You can learn all of this and more by visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Odditorium boasts over 200 exhibits and artifacts spread out
on two floors encompassing over 12,250 square feet. There are 12 different themed galleries, including a “hands-on” room, a roof full of body modifications, and a room dedicated to world records. Hannah (Karen’s 7 year old daughter) particularly enjoyed the spinning tunnel; its optical illusions made us dizzy simply walking through it (check out a video here to see what I mean). I enjoyed a hands-on exhibit
where I was able to slow down/speed up and reverse different life events over a period of time—such as flowers growing, birds flying, and raindrops hitting a body of water (This is hard to explain. Imagine watching this while you’re able to control how fast/slow you’re watching it). Karen loved the local information, such as Price “Scuba” Osborne, who worked at the Bowery (Myrtle Beach) and held a world record for carrying 34 mugs of beer (using just his hands) 100 feet without spilling a drop!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is sure to be a fun time for all ages. We went on a rainy day, when we knew being outside wasn’t an option, but I would honestly go even on a bright and sunshiny day. The Odditorium was reasonably priced, especially with the locals discount (be sure to ask for it!) where adult tickets cost $7.50 and children’s cost $5.00.
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