The Science of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!®

This highly interactive traveling exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages will delve into these astounding wonders. They will follow their natural interest and curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as they explore the real science behind the unbelievable.

Extreme Biology - Animals, Plants and People

Feel dwarfed by some of the world's largest organisms, and invaded by some of the smallest, as you discover the science behind our planet's most extreme biology. Challenge yourself to find the 10 tiny animals, check out cow hairballs and the largest plant seeds in the world, and get a glimpse into your future at the Age Yourself exhibit

The Wonderful World of Ripley

Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered. Browse through decades of cartoons by, letters for, and video of the man behind the Ripley Entertainment Inc. franchise.

Weird World

We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena, which may appear unbelievable at a first glance. From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, there is a scientific explanation behind every wonder of the natural world.

Cultural Practices

Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body. Explore how shrunken heads were made, and the cultural reasons for them.

Gallery of the Unexpected

Explore objects of unique art and collections of unusual things that represent Mr. Ripley's inspiring legacy. Find out how artist Willard Wigan is able to make exquisite sculptures so tiny they can fit in the eye of a needle. Delve into the science of color mixing and pixilation. This are has seating for visitors to pause and enjoy the art around them.

Perceptions and Illusions

How do illusions work? Illusions exploit the way our brains process sensory information to turn it into an image or sound we can comprehend. Trick your sight and hearing and learn how we perceive the world around us. These amazing illusions will keep you fooled even after you learn how they work!

Science North - Sudbury, ON

March 2 - September 2, 2013

Discovery Science Center - Santa Ana, CA

October 5 - January 5, 2014

Arizona Science Center - Phoenix, AZ

January 27 - May 4, 2014

Peoria Riverfront Museum - Peoria, IL

May 22 - September 8, 2014

Pacific Science Center - Seattle, WA

October 2 - January 4, 2015

Space Center - Houston, TX

February 19 - April 26, 2015

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry - Portland, OR

May 21 - September 7, 2015

St. Louis Science Center - St. Louis, MO

September 30 - January 17, 2016

Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland, OH

January 30 - April 24, 2016

Ontario Science Center - Toronto, ON

May 20 - September 5, 2016

Springs Preserve - Las Vegas, NV

February 11 - May 7, 2017

Discovery Place - Charlotte, NC

May 26 - September 4, 2017

Science World Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

January 23 - April 23, 2018

Indianapolis Children's Museum - Indianapolis, IN

May 26 - September 4, 2018

Exploration Place - Wichita, KS

May 26 - September 3, 2019


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