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“Don't waste your time and money” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ripley's Believe It or Not - Times Square

Ripley's Believe It or Not - Times Square
234 West 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10036 (Midtown)
+1 212-398-3133
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Owner description: Located in the heart of New York City, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world's most unbelievable curiosities. With more than 500 hundred rare artifacts, astonishing relics, and thrilling interactive exhibits, this one-of-kind attraction welcomes visitors to experience the unusual and unexpected. Only in Ripley's New York will families rediscover wonder around every corner. Featuring countless original pieces and galleries, including the new "Little Apple" room and Manhattan's only Laser Race, as well as "Believe It or Not" special events year-round, Ripley's Times Square offers guests unforgettable experiences that can only be found in New York. The museum also hosts a variety of options for groups including field trips, birthday parties, and scouting expeditions.
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“Don't waste your time and money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

With access to the internet, you don't really need these kind of places as you could probably have found them online if you hadn't already seen them already (siamese twins), was probably good and shocking 25 years ago. Not actually that much to see either.

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“A Ghostly Experience at Ripley's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had the best time at Ripley's in New York. It was the night before our trip back to Arizona and we decided to visit Ripley's. Little did we know we would have the experience of a lifetime. While trying to take a photo of my two boys in front of an elephant exhibit near the entrance inside, a white flowing images scrolled back and forth quickly in front of my cell phone camera. I pulled the phone away and looked around and saw nothing. Put the camera (phone) back up to photo the boys and the image- flowing white mass scrolling back and forth returned in view. I pulled the phone down again and it disappeared. One last try and the image returned so I snapped a photo this time. I still have the photo and several Ripley's employees asked if I could forward the photo to them and they said they have never seen anything like it. Neither have I!!! I sent the photo to Ripley's official site and have not received a response back from them yet to tell me what they think it is. Definitely a spiritual something. Have fun here at Ripleys and be carfeful of the real shrunken heads, they are amazing!

Visited July 2012
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Ripleystimessquare, General Manager at Ripley's Believe It or Not - Times Square, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience of the strange and wonderful at our Odditorium! Would you be interested in sharing your picture? We'd love to see it. Michael
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“Very worth the time and money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

A really fun way to spend 2 hours with family and friends..and quite educational as well as entertaining

Visited September 2012
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“Fool me once.....shame on me...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Keep your money in your pocket!!! It's a tourist trap... They'll show you a few amazing things outside..but once you get inside... A totally different story!! You'll get more out of ripleys if you just buy the book... Just saying... A word to the wise...

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“If you are not a student of the freakish, you may want to skip it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We'd always wondered what visiting a Ripley's location would be like, and this time around we had a NY Pass that gave us free entry. We had just visited Madame Tussauds next door (recommended) and figured we'd spend at least 30 minutes at Ripley's. We did expect to see strange but enticing things, and to be educated in obscure occurrences of nature. While we did get this, we found the place to be underwhelming and perhaps too finely focused on the specifics of the strangeties.

The first issue we had was with the layout. Rather than having larger rooms as in a museum, a lot of the exhibits were hung on walls or put on display next to walls along hallways. This made it more difficult to navigate when more people were around. The second issue was that each exhibit required the visitor to read what at times was somewhat small print, and lots of it, to get an understanding of what the exhibit was. Perhaps they need exhibits that could be more self explanatory or enticing without the need to read in-depth explanations. One of the more interesting items happened to be a couple of wax figures that looked good enough to be from Madame Tussauds next door.

There is also a small theater where old black and white films were being shown of Ripley's discoveries, similar to what you'd see in the TV series, and a walkway surrounded by a rotating cylinder full of lights that challenges the visitor to walk through it without losing your balance (quite difficult, as it was).

We were very happy to have seen this as part of a NY Pass. If we had specifically paid for admission, we would have felt defrauded. If you are pressed for time or money, and though it's entirely a different thing to see, visit Tussauds instead. If you are a student of the freakish, really enjoyed the TV show, and have time and patience to read the history behind most of the exhibits, then do visit Ripley's.

Visited September 2012
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Ripleystimessquare, General Manager at Ripley's Believe It or Not - Times Square, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Ballenita Azul, Freakish is our specialty. Thanks for the review. -Michael
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