Things To Do In New York: Ripley's Believe It Or Not Times Square September 22 2017
OK, there aren’t too many things in New York City that scream “tourist” more than going to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium (museum of sorts) that is conveniently located in the heart of Time’s Square. While this is not a classy hub of art and culture; it doesn’t pretend to be. It is clean and strange and it is entertaining for anyone who is open to spending an hour or two exploring some of the unusual aspects of humanity, genetic mutations, the animal kingdom, natural phenomena, interesting art created by unique means, lots of optical illusions and more.
There are more than 30 locations of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not located throughout the world. Most of them are in areas with a strong tourist industry. While many of the “Oddotoriums” as they are called, contain similar elements, every location is a little different and showcases something unique to the city. This one features more than 500 artifacts in 20 galleries on a wide variety of any imaginable (and a few not easily imagined) subjects. These are family-friendly, but can also make an interesting date night on your way to or from a great nighttime adventure with the team at New York Nightlife.
Some people may be offended by the showcasing of some people who were regarded as “freaks,” however learning some specifics concerning the world’s tallest, smallest, fattest, most-limber, most-resistant to pain is worthwhile. This is especially true if we take from it that the world is made of all sorts of people.
Something that makes this experience special is that this is an interactive experience. Visitors are encouraged to take photos and play with some of the objects. Of course there are a few items that are not to be handled, but those are clearly marked.
Some things to look out for (not that you can really miss them):
- Tunnel of Light--Also known as "The Black Hole"
- Ancient medical paraphernalia
- New York's Only Laser Race
- Optical illusion spots to take fun photos
- Creative art inspired by Darth Vader perfect for Star Wars fans
- The history of inspiration for the museum, cartoonist and explorer Robert L. Ripley
- Vampire Hunting Kit
- And more
The Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditrium is located at 234 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036. It is usually open from 9 Am until 1 AM.