Ripleys is a staple tourist stop on Clifton Hill. The outside of the building looks like a knocked over building with King Kong on top. When you step inside, there are a few exhibits that are free to see. They give you a glimpse of what to expect. Tickets were reasonable and worth it. The museum is filled with many interesting exhibits about the oddities of humanity and our planet. From the worlds tallest man, to the man that weighed over 1400 lbs., to deformed humans and creatures, to shrunken heads, there are many very interesting displays inside. Some are downright gruesome when you read the corresponding details that go along with each of the artifacts. We really enjoyed walking through the museum as did my two little boys. The tour was quite long and ran longer than I thought would. A big plus for the value. Towards the end, there is a walkway that runs through a spinning tunnel of lights that is completely disorrienting. It was a really cool experience. There is also a room geared more for the kids with various mind-bending puzzles and such. You exit the museum into a small gift shop (Ripleys could really milk the tourism souvenir trap more but gracefully didn't). Instead, they have a Wax studio. You can make a wax cast of your hand in whatever position you desire. The whole process was really cool and both my wife and my 5 year old did it. The people behind the counter were very pleasant and engaging. It was a really cool experience and one that I think my 5 year old will remember. So, Ripleys did not disappoint. I will certainly go back again next time I am in town. I encourage everyone to visit if they get the chance. (Update: The wax hands are very delicate and you need to treat them as such.)
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