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October 5, 2013 – January 5, 2014
What’s even more amazing than Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them! The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® features an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Go places you’ve never imagined and explore the real science behind the unbelievable.
- Crawl through a life-size model of a prehistoric snake and revel at its incredible size
- Measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, who grew to 8 feet 11 inches tall
- Marvel at intricate micro-sculptures so small, they fit in the eye of a needle
- And much more!
Feel dwarfed by some of the world’s largest organisms, and invaded by some of the smallest, as you discover the science behind our planet’s most extreme biology.
Explore the science behind the most extreme animals to have ever lived. Visitors will learn more about the world’s smallest, largest and most bizarre animals. Learn why snakes could grow so large 60 million years ago, but not today.
The Wonderful World of Ripley
Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.
Hear from the adventurer himself about what drove his curiosity into the unknown, and see some of the actual objects that he collected. Browse through decades of cartoons by, letters for, and video of the man behind the Ripley Entertainment Inc. franchise.
Weird World, Past and Present
We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena, which may appear unbelievable at a first glance. From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, there is a scientific explanation behind every wonder of the natural world. We can learn about how different our earth was in the past by studying evidence such as fossils preserved in the rocks.
Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body.
Uncover how it is biologically possible to safely swallow a sword, and then order up an insect dish at the Bug Bistro to learn about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects. Finally, explore how shrunken heads were made, and the cultural reasons for them.
Gallery of the Unexpected
Explore objects that represent Mr. Ripley’s legacy of inspiring people to create unique art and collect unusual things. Find out how artist Willard Wigan is able to make exquisite sculptures so tiny they can fit in the eye of a needle.
Delve into the science of color mixing and pixelation to gain a new perspective of the objects on display, and perhaps look at them in a whole new way.
Perceptions and Illusions
How do illusions work? Illusions exploit the way our brains process sensory information to turn it into an image, smell, or sound we can comprehend. Trick your sight, touch and hearing and learn how we perceive the world around us. These amazing illusions will keep you fooled even after you learn how they work!
Don’t Miss Ripley’s Unbelievable Weekends!
October 12-13: Unbelievable Magic
You won’t believe your eyes this weekend as we present an astonishing magic show that will have you rethinking the idea that seeing is believing. Come see a live magician perform a fun magic act!
October 19-20: Creepy Crawlers
Join us this special weekend as we highlight our six and eight legged friends through shows and activities that will have you itching all the way home! Come check out presentations with Dr. Sue’s Insect Zoo and an NHM Entomologist where you will learn all about bugs and their habitats and food sources. You can touch them with your own hands, or just sit back and watch them do their creepy-crawly-thing!
October 26-27: Jack-O-Lanterns
Get into the Halloween spirit with this special weekend festival filled with pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Check out a special display of expertly designed Jack-O-Lanterns and see a giant pumpkin from Tanaka Farms!
The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not is included in general admission. Programming and special events subject to change without notice.