25 Feb Ripley’s Believe it or Not London
Ripley’s Believe it or Not London is an absolutely fabulous day our for both children and adults alike. I had the chance to visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Piccadilly Circus, London and I highly recommend visiting. I visited with my husband and two children, aged 8 and 6 years old and we all absolutely loved the exhibit. We were thoroughly entertained throughout and learnt so much about the weird and wonderful things in the world.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not London is one of the collection of exhibits and world wonders founded by Robert L Ripley. Ripley was a cartoonist, explorer, reporter, adventurer and collector who travelled to 201 countries in 35 years to seek the odd, unusual and unexplained. The strange and wonderful wonders he found are exhibited in the various Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibits around the world. The London exhibit showcases many unusual wonders and is definitely a museum with a difference.
As we explored the collection of wonders, we were amazed by all the wonderful, unusual sights that are around the world. My children particularly loved looking at the animal oddities, that showed creatures dealt strange fates by Mother Nature. Included in these were a 5 legged frog and a calf born with two heads that were fully functioning, amazingly both with different personalities. They also loved comparing themselves to the tallest man in the world and the largest man in the world.
As well as natural wonders, Ripley’s London also has alternative crazy art galleries that are home to an amazing array of strange sculptures, peculiar portraits and recycled art. Here we saw a portrait of Michael Jackson make from sweets, pictures made from toast and butterflies and a portrait of Michelle Obama made from bottle tops. My son also loved the gorilla made from tyres! There was also a Ferrari that had been knitted with 12 miles of yarn, which I found to be very impressive.
As well as being impressed with all of the sculptures and portraits, one of the most impressive exhibits (and one of my favourites) was the Willard Wigan exhibit. Willard Wigan’s sculptures are minute and can virtually not be seen by the naked eye. They are amazingly displayed through a microscope. His sculptures can fit into the head of a pin and in the eye of a needle! One of my favourite sculptures was definitely the sculpture or Homer and Bart Simpson. I also loved the sculpture of a footballer on the head of a pin kicking a ball into the eye of a needle. These sculptures were awe-inspiring and showcased the talents of Willard Wigan beautifully.
Until 7th March Ripley’s Believe it or Not London also has a Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children exhibit. This exhibit is perfect for fans of the motion picture as guests can witness in person an exciting collection of genuine items created for the Tim Burton film. Included in the exhibit are genuine costumes from the film and props including Enoch’s heart in a jar. My children loved this exhibit and my daughter particularly enjoyed the mirrored illusion that made her look like she had no legs!
Ripley’s Believe it or Not also had some interactive sections. The Marvellous Mirror Maze was absolutely fantastic. This “infinity effect” maze gives the illusion of continuing hallways, when in fact you are at a dead end. The challenge in this maze is to ‘get lost’ and then find your way out again. We went in this maze twice because we found it so much fun. Another great interactive section was the Black Hole. This rotating vortex is truly mind-boggling and is guaranteed to put your senses to the test. As you enter the twisting and turning tunnel you will feel the walkway beneath you is turning too, making you hold on tight to the hand rails beside you to stop you from falling. The Black Hole was fantastic and a brilliant illusion.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not London is a fabulous place to visit and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I would definitely recommend visiting the exhibit as you will have a fun, wonderful time exploring the unusual and strange sights of the world.
Tickets are priced at £27.95 for adults and £20.95 for children if bought on the same day as visiting. However if you book 14 days in advance, ticket prices are £13.98 for adults and £10.48 for children so it is worth planning your visit and taking advantage of this great discount. To see more information about Ripley’s Believe it or Not London visit ripleyslondon.com.