Santa Rosa native Robert Ripley, born in 1893, became an internationally famous traveler, artist, and storyteller known as a ... More
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
Santa Rosa native Robert Ripley, born in 1893, became an internationally famous traveler, artist, and storyteller known as a collector of the world's most unusual oddities. At the San Francisco Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, that bears his name, you can view exhibits of Ripley's early cartoons, see Believe It or Not! collections, and buy collector's books, CD-ROMS, and videos of Ripley's greatest works. From weird inventions to human abnormalities to an eight-foot cable car made of matchsticks, it is entertaining for people of all ages. Visit website for more information.
This place is creepy and freaky and you will love it! Have you ever seen the movie "House of Wax"? If you are easily freaked out you better not go. I loved it. Take your boys there. I also met some interesting characters on the way from the parking garage. A guy jumped out of a bush on the street and growled at me. Then he asked for a tip. I learned later that he is called the Bushman and has been doing this for years. On the way back, a rapper named "L-Love" started a conversation with me about life and politics. I bought his album and it actually turned out to be really good. Afterwards I stopped at Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiaradelli Square, and I walked on the Golden Gate bridge. I had no idea before, but it really would take a week to see all of San Francisco and I would highly reccommend it!
Had been to tis Ripleys long ago. They recently redid the whole place. Much better displays and more things to do while inside. The ticket was part of the Wharf Pass. So we got a great deal on the ticket price. We decided not to go into the mirror maze as we had to make it to Alcatraz. our kids had fun here too.
From the perspective of expecting to see total oddities, I got what I expected, but for the price ($20+), I don't think it was worth it. It had some interesting stuff, but nowhere near enough. There were some interesting little gag things like the "laser harp", and the thing that played with how your face looked, but overall there wasn't enough to justify the cost. Unless you're really bored, I wouldn't suggest wasting your time or money here...
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