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Ripley’s is the stuff of little boys’ dreams. Full of mystery, amazing artifacts, historical items, and even just plain gross things, I’ve never been to a place quite like this. Ripley’s claims to have everything odd, weird, and unbelievable, this is certainly true. Last summer we visited the Ripley’s Believe It or Not site in the Wisconsin Dells for the first time. It was so much fun. I can’t deny I was as dazzled as the kids. I had never been to a place like this before. The museum is divided into different galleries focused on different points of mystery and horror.
A few of the different sections include a shark gallery, vampire gallery, medieval torture gallery, and an Indian Jones like section titled “Temple of Discovery”. The lighting is dim through out most of the museum to enhance the mood. During our visit we moved through each section with fascination and a sense of wonder. Just like the Ripley’s books, you can’t help to turn each page to be slightly appalled, disgusted, and stunned. The same is true when visiting the museum.
One of the best parts is the secret passageways located in various sections. Step into the fireplace in the vampire part and climb a spiral staircase to a secret room of interesting items.
I felt like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom in a giant area with corridors leading to different rooms with distinct symbols. This “Temple of Discovery” is attempting to mimic the famous films and does a fabulous job. Finding the hidden symbol in each room uncovered a secret path or item. And in the giant room manipulating the symbols creates a rumbling, Earth shaking experience.
The gift shop at the end of the Odditorium has fun novelties for purchase including lots of Ripleys books, my oldest son’s favorite.
We’ve never had the opportunity to visit a Ripleys in a different location, but I know based on our Dells experience we’d love to see them.
If you are in the Wisconsin Dells area with kids, I highly advise visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Actually let me confess, even if you don’t have kids check out Ripleys. It’s fun for young and old alike!
Have you visited Ripley’s in the Wisconsin Dells or another location?