If you enjoy weird, love strange facts and unbelievable stories, or have a fascination with world records, you probably remember those big thick books stuffed with crazy pictures that you'd check out of the school library. Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in St. Augustine Florida is an "Odditorium" filled with all of the crazy you need to explore.
The founder of Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Robert Ripley, stayed at a hotel that looked like an exotic castle and immediately fell in love with it for it's pointed arches and exotic appearance. This castle later became The Ripley's Museum in St. Augustine in 1950 - the first permanent location and is the longest standing Odditorium to date.
This unique museum is full in every corner with items from over 25,000 pieces picked from Ripley's Collection that he curated over 100 years. The staff to this day continue to add unique things to the collection. You can see these scattered throughout the museum with things from shrunken heads, to disorienting illusions, to striking artwork.
One popular spot lets you walk through a glowy spinning tunnel, which tricks your brain into thinking the walkway you're on is what's moving, and not the actual walls around it. It's also a spot that can produce some super cool pictures or video footage for your Insta-feed. If you're wearing the right clothes, you'll even glow.
It's pretty funny trying to watch people walk through it too, let alone walk through it yourself! A couple of videos below chronicle one couple's difficult quest through the tunnel:
And that's just one cool part of this massive museum. You can see and do so many different things, like pushing into this wall to create art out of yourself.
Or sitting on a throne made for a giant; and let's be real, a Queen or King like yourself.
Or walk down a hall of some trippy black and white art.
Or see this Jack Sparrow Crafted from a bunch of little things in front of a wall of cards.
Or measure where you stack up next to the World's Tallest Man.
Or even be a contortionist for a day.
The oddities in Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum are endless art, adventure, and exploration for a unique day out. To view the entire museum, Ripley's suggests about 2 hours - but said if you only prefer the interactive exhibits that you can get through the museum in about an hour. To experience the Odditorium, it's $14.99 for adults or $6.99 for children age 5-11.
If you want to make it an all-day adventure or if being in the museum the entire time isn't your thing, Ripley's St. Augustine also offers Train Tours and Minigulf, which can be done separately from the Odditorium or looped into a combo ticket for purchase on their website. For a limited time, if you purchase your ticket online, you save $2.
The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in St. Augustine is open 9 am-8 pm every day of the week. If you're ready to experience the weirdly cool Ripley's Museum in St. Augustine, they are located at 19 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084. There's also one in Orlando if you're not near St. Augustine.
To learn more about the Ripley's Museum, see other locations, or purchase tickets - check their website here.