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Located in the Light Street Pavilion of Harborplace on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore's Ripley's Believe It or Not has been entertaining visitors with bizarre oddities and unusual artifacts since its opening in 2012. The idea of sharing the world's oddities with the public began at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 by Robert Ripley. The exhibition was initially called Ripley's Odditorium. The show was so successful that it attracted over two million curious visitors during the run of the fair. Today, there are over 30 Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditoriums located around the world.
Baltimore's Odditorium offers 8,000 square feet to experience crazy artifacts such as a real shrunken human head, a T-Rex made completely of Pop-Tart wrappers, and a Harry Potter portrait made entirely of candies.
In addition to the museum, visitors have the opportunity to purchase tickets to explore some of the Odditiorum's other attractions. There is the Ripley's Smash Dash, the Marvelous Mirror Maze, and the 4D Moving Theater.
Many families have become familiar with the famous Ripley's Believe It or Not franchise from the TV shows, radio programs, comic books, and paperback book series which have brought these bizarre stories to life. The below clip shares how one unique artifact was added to Ripley's collection. Robert Ripley's passion to bring these oddities to the public continues to this day through his Odditoriums, Moving Theaters, Aquariums, and Wax Works museums.
The self-guided tour of the museum lasts about an hour. Ripley's Believe It or Not is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no on-site parking available. It is recommended to park in the Harbor Parking Garage located at 55 Market Place. With many great opportunities to take some fun family captures, photography is allowed and highly encouraged.
Cover photo by daveynin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).