Ripley’s: You Won’t Believe it, or Will You?

If you are planning a visit to the New Jersey coast, one stop you will not want to miss is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Atlantic City. Located right on the boardwalk, at 1441 Boardwalk, it houses a lock or George Washington’s hair, a miniature wood carved castle with 27 rooms, and other oddities. What fun for the whole family!

The Odditorium, as it is called, hosts the world’s smallest production automobile, a shrunken head, unusual art and artifacts, and is the ultimate in weirdness. Visitors can tour at their own pace, as the tour is self guided. The bizarre reigns here: Some other things to see are a life mask of Abraham Lincoln from 1860, a replica of the Santa Maria ship made out of 27,000 matchsticks, a sculpture of Jimi Hendrix made completely of chicken wire, a bust of JFK made of corrugated cardboard and other oddities. Included in the collection is a spider made from knives and scissors confiscated at airports and made by Christopher Locke, a security agent. How about a roulette table made of 14,000 jelly beans? There is an African shaman’s vessel that Ripley collected in Cameroon in 1933, as well.

A fun adventure while you are there is the Vault Laser Maze Challenge, where you and the kids can navigate a room filled with laser beams, the object being not to break the beams and make it through the maze in as little time as possible. A Mission Complete at the end files your score and lets you know how quickly it was navigated. Your kids will want to do it again and again!

So grab the whole family, including Grandma and Grandpa, and have an unbelievably good time in the Odditorium of Atlantic City’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not? Museum.

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