If you’re in London and looking for something weird and wonderful to do then look no further than Ripley’s Believe it or not at Piccadilly Circus.
Ripley’s is home to over 700 artefacts, many of which were collected by Robert Ripley himself who was an explorer, collector, presenter and cartoonist! Ripley travelled to 201 countries collecting exotic treasures – everything from tribal masks to shrunken heads – all on display right here!
There are also many modern exhibits such as a portrait of Kate Middleton created from lipstick kisses on canvas, Michelle Obama from bottlecaps and a portrait of Amy Winehouse produced from broken CDs which actually looks alot like my A level art project (just the concept, that is, Amy wasn’t famous back then).
You can also find a recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper painted onto a grain of rice, images created on burnt pieces of toast and there’s even a painting done by a horse – it doesn’t get much more random!
As well as quirky art, there are also animal oddities such as a two-headed calf. Plus there’s a chunk of the Berlin wall and the world’s oldest beer, brewed from 5000 year old hops found in an ancient Egyptian tomb!
There are wax figures of astonishing people like Johnny Eck – a talented man whose torso ended just below the waist, Earl Hughes – the heaviest recorded man in history and Robert Wadlow – the tallest human being ever.
You can also find a container filled with ice cold water which you can dip your hand into to experience the temperature of the water when the Titanic sank, which I mentioned in my Wonderworks Orlando post. Another thing similar to Wonderworks is The Black Hole, which is basically a tunnel you walk through but while the bridge is still, the surroundings spin making you feel all kinds of dizzy and sick.
There’s something for everyone at Ripley’s, one of the coolest things in the culture collection is the Eagle Coffin. In Ghana, funerals are colourful celebrations of the deceased person’s life and coffins are custom designed to represent a person’s hobbies, job or even status. Eagle coffins are reserved for the most honoured chiefs.
There are many many other weird and wonderful things to see here which I haven’t mentioned but I will say, make sure you visit the Mirror Maze and the Impossible LaseRace at the end!
Also, before you go, check out some different ticket websites online as there are discounts to be had!
If you liked this post then I guarantee you will want to know about Wonderworks Orlando and Puzzling World Wanaka.
I loved our visit to Ripley’s. It’s really awesome isn’t it. I don’t know whether there are some different exhibits from when we visited, but I don’t remember seeing the eagle coffin. I love the last supper painted on a grain of rice. Who thinks of these things?
Sally @ Life Loving
There was quite a bit to see, wasn’t there? The eagle coffin was in the explorer/tribal type room with random masks from Africa and stuff like that. The Junk Duck made me jealous though – some of these dumpster diver artists have sold their work for thousands of pounds!
Looks very interesting, but somewhat disturbing. Been to the one in Hollywood – but the one in London looks way cooler.
I saw there was one in Hollywood but didn’t have time to go. What did they have in it? You’re right about disturbing though, I didn’t even mention it in my post but there’s a whole section dedicated to torture devices and things like that!