The infamous Schrödinger's Cat experiment postulated that a cat hidden underneath a box: exists, doesn't exist or is simply lives there. Scratch the curiosity itch with today's Groupon: £11.60 for one adult ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Leaving behind a trail of hanging jaws and goggling eyeballs, the collected curiosities of Robert Leeroy Ripley have been drawing oohs and aahs from spectators around the globe since 1993. An icon in the world of cartoon art, the eccentric Robert Ripley started his gallivant down the oddity-laden road to success in 1913, when his first illustration for The New York Globe and Commercial Advertiser successfully tickled readers’ funny bones. Ripley coined the phrase ‘believe it or not!’ when he used it as a caption to accompany one of his quirky cartoony scribbles, sparking a career involving thrilling jaunts around the world and treasure hunts for whacky but 100% genuine bric-a-brac.
Stepping into the Piccadilly Circus 'odditorium', one of thirty around the world, those who love the weird and whacky can gasp and stagger across five floors of peculiar displays. With 700 bizarre exhibits, some of which were collected by Robert Ripley himself, cats with curiosity can feel like they've got the cream. Quirky bits and bobs include a four-metre long matchstick model of Tower Bridge, a delightful upside down tea party and a shrunken head, allowing happy faces to be twisted into expressions of wonder, delight, and the look people register when their tea goes down the wrong hole.
Reviews of the museum have been largely positive with visitors noting the wide range of exhibits to entertain all ages.
We had a lovely day at Ripley's and worth the money. We spent over three hours exploring the many wonders Ripley's had to offer. Very interesting and learnt some new facts along the way. We enjoyed the mirror maze and got lost a good few times
– peanut006, TripAdvisor, Nov 2010
An interesting museum. It is full of strange and interesting objects. Children find it entertaining especially the tv room with recordings of weird and wonderful skills of people from around the world. Worth a visit.
– thomasbenjamin, Qype, Jan 2011