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“Hogwarts Castle made of 600,000 match Sticks”

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore
Ranked #46 of 249 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: Ripley's Believe it or Not! Baltimore is located in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Come see over 13,000 square feet of the odd and weird world of Ripley's, where truth is stranger then fiction. Experience over 500 exhibits from all over the world, over 100 interactives, our 4D Moving Theater, the Marvelous Mirror Maze and a free round of our newest attraction, Smash Dash, with a combo purchase. Ripley's has been proudly freaking out families for over 90 years. Why just say it? See it!
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Believe it or not, the Ripley's believe It or Not Museum at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore has Harry Porter's Hogwarts Castle built with six hundred thousand (600,000) match sticks. Imagine my excitement when we arrived at the Harbor and I, saw the museum. For years, I have watched Ripley's on TV and the adventures that have brought to light the most unbelievable of things. The biggest man, the thinnest man, the shrunken human heads, the elephant with two trunks, Michael Jackson's portrait made of cans of pop and many more . . .

It was crowded and the children all looked like they were in a candy store, playing with the globe right outside of the museum. We made our way to the ticket counter anyway and purchased three for me, my husband and daughter. The first thing you see as you approach is the giant green dragon above the Odditorium. As you enter and approach the ticket counter, Transformer's Bumble Bee and the Minnie Cooper covered with 1 million Swarovski crystals. The Tallest and shortest men as you walk towards the stair way, and once you get to the first floor, a cabinet display of royal crowns and swords. Princess Diana's crown was there too.
We toured it during what they called the soft opening preceding the grand opening scheduled for June 26. The Kaleidoscope room was the only one I did not go through; it felt like entering a never ending maze. The child in me became incredibly afraid, funny how that works.

Ripley's is featuring 9 themed galleries and 120 interactive activities. One of the outstanding and more notable is the 10,000 pound granite ball right outside the museum, carved with facts about Baltimore, and is floating on a thin layer of water. The children were happily turning it around.

Amazing to see and unbelievable are;
• Statute of ‘the King’- Elvis Presley made of 100 faces of popular musicians
• Portrait of Justin Bieber made of gummy bears and licorice.
• The Musical stairway to heaven
• Michelangelo’s ‘The creation of Adam’ piece made purely from laundry lint
• The Interactive High Wire walking exhibit
• The 1 ton Lincoln Penny made of 10, 000 copper pennies.
• The coffin of Pharaoh made of car parts
• Tooth pick city where Hogwarts castle is
• Elephant with 2 trunks
• Grace McDaniels - The ugliest woman in the world
• Queen Victoria’s crown
• Portrait of Ripley himself made by a blind man
• The Pieta True Love picture made entirely of dots
• The Johnny Eck Photo Achieve
• Bicycle parts Mechanical Fish
• Walter Hudson, the 1400 pound man
• Taxidermied Lion

Like the historic Ships, individual tickets are much more expensive. Purchase a combo ticket to get the best value. Tickets are $11.99 per child per attraction, and $17.99 per adult per attraction. However much you spend, it is worth paying to see what you see in this museum. So get going to Baltimore!

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Reviewed June 19, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed the hour or so we spent in the museum. Lots of "odd", interesting exhibits and many are interactive. We were in the one in Virginia but this one was more fun for the kids. Enjoyable time spent.

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

A friend I checked this place out before heading to a concert downtown. We aleady said we need to go back when we have more time. They offer 3 options, the musuem, a 4D movie and a mirror maze.

We only had time for the museum and it came to about $20. They have some amazing items here and everyone from kids to adults will be impressed! You'll find the Bumble Bee Transformer, a Hogwarts castle made out of matchsticks, various artifacts and a ton more! Plus it's very interactive which is great for kids (and adults too).

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