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Ripley's Believe It or Not

3.5 of 5 stars
2 Reviews
The London Pavilion
1 Piccadilly
020 3238 0022
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Family based museum that specialises in amazing and peculiar facts with over 700 exhibits over 5 floors.


Adult 25.95 Senior/Student 23.95 Child [4 - 15] 19.95 Family* 81.95 2 Adults and 2 Children Under 4 Free Mirror Maze INCLUDED!

Opening Hours

Open daily from 10am - Midnight. Last Admission 11.30pm
Ripley's Believe It or Not! London
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London Museum - Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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Ripley's Believe It or Not has the following reviews:

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Reviewer: IanShep Date of review: 10/01/2012
"Wow, not really much I can add after that extensive comment. But Yes, lots of fun but it's in the west end and you pay west end prices. Lots of fun but a one off treat."
Reviewer: Ruth Date of review: 29/09/2011
"went to visit the 'Ripley's Believe it Not!' Museum based in Leicester Square, Central London with my husband, ten year old sister and 21 month old daughter and this is what we thought. Robert Leroy Ripley, the man who coined the phrase 'Believe It or Not' is an icon in the world of cartoon art and the founder of an entertainment empire based on the premise that 'truth is stranger than fiction'. Bringing his love of all things strange and curious to the masses in America and sharing his collection of weird and wonderful things with the public soon turned into an empire which now, decades later has crossed the pond too! It's hard to describe Ripley's really, it's a strange experience. It's good, it's interesting but it's all a bit random really. So when you enter the building you are given a little taster of what's on offer; two headed sheep and cows with legs growing out of their backs and then you enter the lift which whizzes you up to the top floor with great excitement and flashing lights. You then work your way down through the floors visiting all the unusual things on the way. There are paintings made with dead butterflies, wedding dresses made out of toilet roll and replicas of people who are unusual such as the tallest and fattest men in the world. There's a few interactive exhibits such as the scales to see how many of you can make up the weight of the latter and you can pull the trigger to electrocute a prisoner. They warned this might be frightening for the children but personally I found it quite upsetting for myself! As you work your way down the floors there are some really interesting things to see like the Marilyn Monroe exhibit and we loved sitting in the giant rocking chair! The mirror maze was fun too. There was a floor where you enter and then have to find your own way out; we all had a giggle in here. We were also interested to read about the unfortunate animals that were born with unusual disabilities and it was fascinating to learn there is a farm for just such animals in the States (Well it wouldn't be in the UK now would it!) for you to visit and see for real. However, I couldn't help but feel a little sad for these poor creatures, stuffed and displayed forever for people to gawp and laugh at their misfortunes. Perhaps I'm a sentimentalist but it just didn't seem right to me. We did enjoy the museum and we're really pleased to have gone but we don't think we'll be going back. If it was a little bit cheaper, a standard adult ticket is 25.95 and there was a little bit more to actually do for that money then we'd be recommending it as good value but actually it's a little bit on the pricey side for what it is. It's in Central London and right at the heart of the tourist trap so I guess you can't expect anything else but for us, the 'Museum of London Docklands' which is FREE, has just as many interesting things and with a whole lot more to do is a better day out. Sorry Ripley's, you were good, but just not quite good enough compared to the rest of London's offerings! One thing they were absolutely brilliant at though was accommodating us with a buggy. There are stairs to each floor and whenever we'd finished one there was always someone waiting to guide us the back way to a lift. The people working here are really pleasant and friendly and we have to say thank you for the really great service!"

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