THE SCIENCE OFRIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

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Robert Ripley

Robert Ripley

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will visit museums and science centers across North America until 2019!

What’s even more amazing than Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats?

The science that underlies them!

This 6,000 sq ft highly interactive traveling exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts.

Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactive and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages will delve into these astounding wonders by exploring through seven themed zones.

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The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is at Rochester Museum and Science Center – Rochester, NY

DATES: Friday, October 6th


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ZONE 1INTRODUCTORY EXPERIENCE

Prepare for an incredible journey, where the unexplainable will be explained by science!

The entrance experience sets the stage for the rest of the exhibit, through representative artifacts and photo opportunities, where you will become completely immersed in the world of The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Einstein made from 440 pieces of toast

Einstein made from 440 pieces of toast


ZONE 2EXTREME BIOLOGY

Feel dwarfed by some of the world’s largest organisms, and invaded by some of the smallest, as you discover the science behind our planet’s most extreme biology.

Explore the science behind the most extreme animals to have ever lived. Visitors will learn more about the world’s smallest, largest and most bizarre animals. Learn why snakes could grow so large 60 million years ago, but not today.

Two-Headed Calf

Two-Headed Calf


ZONE 3THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF RIPLEY

Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.

Hear from the adventurer himself about what drove his curiosity into the unknown, and see some of the actual objects that he collected. Browse through decades of cartoons by, letters for, and video of the man behind the Ripley Entertainment Inc. franchise.

Robert Ripley signing autographs

Robert Ripley signing autographs


ZONE 4Weird World, Past and Present

We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena, which may appear unbelievable at a first glance. From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, there is a scientific explanation behind every wonder of the natural world.

We can learn about how different our earth was in the past by studying evidence such as fossils preserved in the rocks.

Allosaurus Dinosaur Skull

Allosaurus Dinosaur Skull


ZONE 5Cultural Practices

Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body.

Uncover how it is biologically possible to safely swallow a sword, and then order up an insect dish at the Bug Bistro to learn about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects.

Explore how shrunken heads were made, and the cultural reasons for them.

Authentic Human Shrunken Head

Authentic Human Shrunken Head


ZONE 6Gallery of the Unexpected

Explore objects that represent Mr. Ripley’s legacy of inspiring people to create unique art and collect unusual things.

Find out how artist Willard Wigan is able to make exquisite sculptures so tiny they can fit in the eye of a needle.

Delve into the science of color mixing and pixelation to gain a new perspective of the objects on display, and perhaps look at them in a whole new way.

Wilard Wigan's Miniature Art inside the eye of a needle

Wilard Wigan’s Miniature Art inside the eye of a needle


ZONE 7Perceptions and Illusions

How do illusions work? Illusions exploit the way our brains process sensory information to turn it into an image, smell, or sound we can comprehend.

Trick your sight, touch and hearing and learn how we perceive the world around us. These amazing illusions will keep you fooled even after you learn how they work!

Optical Illusion Interactives

Optical Illusion Interactives

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