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Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco

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Address: 175 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1201
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+1 415-202-9850
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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With over 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits, San Francisco's Believe It...

With over 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits, San Francisco's Believe It or Not! Odditorium is the most interactive in the world! It is home to more than 400 exhibits, , in 18 themed galleries, with a new emphasis on the Bay Area.

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My kids wanted to do this.

I didn't because we've done it in other cities and there's nothing San Francisco about this place. We walk up to find out what it costs. $26 US / ea. WHAT!!!!! Alcatraz boat... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2015
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 10, 2015

I didn't because we've done it in other cities and there's nothing San Francisco about this place. We walk up to find out what it costs. $26 US / ea. WHAT!!!!! Alcatraz boat ride and full audio tour was $30/ea (3hrs of entertainment) So I nixed the idea. This is way too pricey for what you get.

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Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

We had a great time. My son was brave and took the challenge to lie down on the bed of nails. Spending one on one time with my son was priceless.

Thank Christy H
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2015

I took my 10 year old through for the combo ticket- the museum, the maze of mirrors and the laser game. The items displayed were very lame, and the only things we liked were the mirror maze (which took us 5 minutes to complete) and the laser game(which also took 5 minutes. Save your money and go do something else

Thank Mary ann S
Beijing, China
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Reviewed August 6, 2015

I remember when Ripley’s was exciting and had new, fresh believe it or not’s. Now, it’s the same old stuff. Same old stories taped to walls and called an exhibit. This place needs to overhaul its idea, make it much more interactive or it will not survive. Could barely tell the difference between this Ripley’s and the one in Hollywood.

Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed July 23, 2015

I use to love to take my friends here, but now I will not be coming back. Ripley's has been so change that more than half the thing I loved are gone. My suggestion is not to go.

Thank Lacey B
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Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

Not fantastic but not disappointing either.. Worth the visit if uh never been to one before.. The tunnel was awesome...

Thank Nadz7
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Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

It's small with limited exhibits Some good ones which the kids enjoyed but they walked past many which did not appeal to a 6 year old

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I love Ripley's in all of it's forms. I've watched the shows, been to several museums and have given most of the books to my fourth graders. The museum did not disappoint. It was very interactive and offered a ton of information. The only reason that I'm not giving it a 5 is because it was pricy, and the staff... More 

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Reviewed July 5, 2015

We had a SF Go Pass and this was on the list. We went in because it was included and were glad we didn't have to pay for it. What you find is a collection of curiosa and rubbish with a nice story to it. We were back out in 20 minutes.

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Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited with family of 5 (3, 8 and 12 year old kids). Was just ok. Didn't spend much time. None of the kids were any special excited.

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