A museum of the bizarre, Ripley’s Odditorium is a patchwork collection of odds and ends from around the world, some exotic, some antique, and some just plain strange. Heck, the building itself is built to look like it’s falling into a sinkhole! From two-headed calf skeletons to authentic shrunken heads to a portrait of John Lennon carved out of a phone book, there isn’t a whole lot of rhyme or reason to the collection, but there’s sure a lot to see, and there’s a little something for everyone. Whether you’re more interested in weird-but-real gadgets from the last few centuries, old timey sideshow style carnival attractions, or wax replicas of and artifacts from the most outrageous Guinness World Record Holders, you’re bound to find a little something to pique your curiosity.
Like all Ripley’s Believe It Or Not locations, the Odditorium is self-guided, so you can wander, explore, and read the inscriptions for each of the many attractions at your leisure. Be aware, these are all real historical artifacts (or wax sculptures depicting real people or animals), the majority of them collected by eccentric explorer and early anthropologist Robert Ripley himself. Over nearly half a century of world travels, Ripley made it his life’s work to collect and catalog the unusual, and the Odditorium is one part of his vast collection.
With everything from native talismans to medieval torture devices, models so small you have to look at them with a microscope to full scale model cars made of matchsticks, when you head to Ripley’s, expect to see the unexpected – you won’t be disappointed. Conveniently located on the famous International Drive, Ripley’s is the perfect place to duck in out of the hottest part of the day and cool off, get creeped out, snap a few pictures, and enjoy the oddities of man and nature. Perfect for the curious and inquisitive of all ages.
Open 9:30am to midnight year round.
Adult – $19.99
Child (4-12) – $12.99
(hint: Tickets are cheaper if you buy online, and they offer discounts for groups of 10 or more, so it pays to buy in advance)
How Much Time To Spend There:
It’s a self guided museum, so depending on whether or not you want to read all of the inscriptions, your trip could last anywhere from 45 minutes to about 2 hours.
To buy tickets, or to find out more about their visiting exhibits or about Robert Ripley himself, visit ripleys.com