Robert Ripley (1890 – 1949) the cartoonist, the explorer, the reporter, adventurer, illustrator, collector and seeker of the odd and unusual, is a man who lived a life that can only be summed up by the statement he himself created; “Believe It or Not!” His life’s work, his discoveries, his artistry, the tales he told and adventures he lived will forever be the foundation of all that Ripley Entertainment encompasses.
Ripley’s legacy and what he brought to the world is alive in all of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums and his traditions continue with the Believe It or Not! cartoon series. Today the daily cartoon is seen in nearly 200 newspapers worldwide, in 42 countries, and 17 languages. The majority of the exhibits in all of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums are based on the collections of oddities obtained by Ripley throughout his world travels. Every year millions of people visit the Ripley’s museums to take part in the adventure, one in which they experience first-hand the incredible world of Robert Ripley!
His concept was turned into a TV series. The most recent series is hosted by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and field correspondent, Kelly Packard (Baywatch). Viewers are taken through a world of amazing feats, facts, and artefacts that stretch the limits of imagination. It’s like a ‘Guinness Book of Records’ magazine presented in a television format, showcasing unusual and spectacular inventions, stunts, accidents, records and freak creatures.
The show features regular elements such as “Spot the Not,” a weekly trivia segment in which viewers are challenged to pick the claim that isn’t real and special “Ripley’s Record” commemoration for people who break a World Record while appearing on the show.
What if someone came up to you and said he saw a man with two pupils? Or that he saw a two headed bird? Are these made up tales? Or do you believe them. You should, because they’re actually true. Don’t believe it? Then you have to check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theatre . You will see many things that ‘seem’ unbelievable but are shockingly true.
Ripley’s is not just a museum for kids. Teens, grandparents and people of all ages will have a great time. But as the old saying goes seeing is believing.
No matter what your age, Ripley’s will show you things you’ve never imagined could be true.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theatre in Williamsburg is your destination for the strange, unusual and bizarre! There are some crazy and shocking stories which will certainly entertain and definitely amaze you.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theatre
The strangest place in Williamsburg
1735 Richmond Road
Williamsburg VA 23185
Hours of operation:
(Ticket office and front doors close 1 hour early)
Labor Day – June 1st
Monday – Thursday: 11AM -7PM
Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 11PM
Sunday: 10AM – 8PM
June 1st – Labor Day 10AM – Midnight Everyday