Considered the most unusual building in Branson, the 12,000-sq.-ft. Ripley’s Odditorium is everything it’s “Cracked Up” to be! Having recently gone through an extensive renovation, they have crammed as much fun into one building as possible.
There are over 400 “unbelievable” artifacts, jaw- dropping oddities, world records, amazing illusions, pranks of nature, cool interactives and awesome works of art. The newest additions in 2011 include a full-size stagecoach made from 1.5 million toothpicks and a pair of horses made from welded horseshoes. Also, there are African fantasy coffins, a picture of Jesus on the cross made from burnt toast, a laser shooting gallery, and you cannot miss the wacky “spinning vortex” tunnel. With all that and more, it’s sensational FUN for the entire family!
The Branson Odditorium was built to look as though it survived Missouri’s famous New Madrid earthquakes. In 1812 a series of earthquakes struck, ranging in magnitude from 8.1 to 8.7 on the Richter scale. They caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for 3 days and the tremors could be felt as far away as Washington, D.C. The area is still shaken by small earthquakes every 48 hours. The building’s unusual architecture is the reason Ripley’s has the distinction of being one of the most photographed buildings in Branson. So bring your camera because there are excellent photo opportunities inside as well as out.
Ripley’s is located in the center of Branson on 76 Country Music Boulevard. Enjoy Ripley’s as long as you like on your self-guided tour. Ripley’s is open 365 days a year, and for seasonal hours please go to their website: ripleys.com/branson.
Ripley’s Odditorium is dedicated to offering guests a unique and unusual entertainment experience. Go in, look around, then ask yourself if you: “Believe It or Not!”
IT’S FREAKIN’ AWESOME!
Robert Leroy Ripley
Born: December 25, 1890 Died: May 27, 1949
Ripley worked as an artist, reporter, explorer, and collector. He owned three homes and filled them with artifacts from his travels. These items can now be seen in Ripley Odditoriums around the world.
In his lifetime, Ripley visited 201 countries and circumnavigated the globe twice, traveling a distance equal to 18 trips around the world.
If all of the Ripley’s books ever sold were piled one on top of another, the stack would be 150 times the height of the Empire State Building.
Ripley’s “Believe It or Not!”®
3326 W. Hwy. 76
Escape the ordinary with a voyage through Robert Ripley’s world of the strange and unusual. It’s the perfect addition to any Branson trip. Showcased in elaborately themed galleries, these exhibits will fascinate, astound and mystify even the most resolute nonbeliever. A must-see during your trip to Branson.