Believe It! The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Comes to The Children’s Museum

Intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts are sure to amaze children and families who visit The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis October 6, 2018 through January 6, 2019.


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During this 100th anniversary of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, explore the real science behind the unbelievable. Crawl through a life-size model of the largest snake to have ever lived, Titanoboa, and revel at its incredible size! Admire a portrait of Justin Bieber made entirely of candy. Marvel at intricate micro-sculptures so small, they fit in the eye of a needle. Measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, who grew to 8 feet 11 inches tall! Experience some of the world’s most perplexing optical illusions, and celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Ripley, the cartoonist, collector, and adventurer. Ponder how an octopus with nothing to fossilize became fossilized millions of years ago, a new addition to The Children’s Museum’s collection, on display for the first time!

A century ago, Robert Ripley’s imagination and curiosity to know more about the world around him, inspired, entertained and educated his audiences,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “The Children’s Museum seeks to do the same, which is what makes this unique exhibit with its focus on science, relevant and timely for our inquisitive visitors of all ages.”

“This remarkable, highly interactive exhibit is the perfect opportunity to introduce our brand to an entirely new audience. It’s colorful, exciting, bursting with family fun and very hands-on,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

The exhibit space is divided into areas of astounding wonder including:

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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.

The Wonderful World of Ripley

Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from remarkable people and places he encountered. Browse through decades of cartoons, letters and video by and about Robert Ripley.

Weird World

We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena. From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, there is 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. 

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Gallery of the Unexpected

Explore objects of unique art and collections of unusual things that represent Mr. Ripley’s interests and inspiring legacy.

Perceptions and Illusions

How do illusions work? Trick your sight and hearing and learn how we perceive the world around us. These amazing illusions may keep you fooled even after you learn how they work. 

The Children’s Museum is thrilled that Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® will feature the world’s largest children’s museum in its historic daily cartoon on October 5, 2018. Ripley’s Daily Fun Facts Cartoon was started in 1918 by Robert Ripley. By 1933, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Cartoon was read daily by millions of people in 17 languages across 300 publications around the world. Check it out at

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®  is presented by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc. It is supported by Meijer and Ripley Auctions. Ripley Auctions is not affiliated with Ripley Entertainment Inc.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®  is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc.

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