About Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum offers fun for all ages. Experience the thrill of adventure while you explore more than 800 exhibits at the Original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in historic St. Augustine, Florida. You’ll laugh one moment and gasp the next! You will be amazed and wonder why … is it real or is it a fake? See the unusual, the unorthodox, and the exotic, collected from the far corners of the world. Join us for a journey from the past to the present…or is it the future?
The St. Augustine Ripley’s is located in Castle Warden, an historic Moorish Revival style mansion built in 1887. Built as a winter home for Millionaire William Warden, Castle Warden later served as a fashionable hotel owned by Norton Baskin and his wife, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, Cross Creek and South Moon Under. Since 1950 the building has been the original permanent location of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
While a hotel during the 1940s, Robert Ripley was a frequent visitor to the hotel and had commented on numerous occasions that Castle Warden would be an ideal location to showcase his collection of unbelievable curiosities.
Mr. Ripley attempted to purchase the building several times, but was not successful in his lifetime. After his death in 1949, his heirs managed the purchase of the building and in December of 1950, the museum opened to the general public.
The Museum will be celebrating it’s 60th Birthday this year,
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum is open 365 days a year.