Happy birthday, Orlando Odditorium!
We are elated to be celebrating 25 years of family fun and keeping Orlando weird!
Believe it or not!
Did you know that our Orlando location was once a franchise? We bought it back in 2010; however, before we did, the franchise wanted to buy a so-called “stone mummy”, and more than likely it was a Pompeii man. We were not willing to buy it because its origins were unknown!
“Lots of ‘possibles’ but no definitive idea what it in fact actually was; the owner lived in Jacksonville, Florida,” said Edward Meyer, VP Exhibits & Archives. “The last gallery—the cave—was built specifically for this one exhibit.
Other than our incredible fertility statues and mind-blowing shrunken head, we had a 2/3 size matchstick Rolls Royce. Yup, completely made out of one million matchsticks! The car was created in the 1970s by Reg Pollard. This remarkable piece is now a part of our traveling science show.
The Tilted Pool Room
If you’ve been to our Orlando Odditorium, you’ve definitely experienced The Tilted Pool Room. It was also designed and built by renowned Toronto architect, Bob Fleming. The Pool Room was created to compliment the slanted building exterior. Take a look for yourself.
We once had a 26’ high Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh made from 30,000 (110 different) postcards of Van Gogh paintings. It is the tallest exhibit in our company, and the room it was once in was literally built around the Van Gogh. It has since been replaced with a Jim Hendrix picture made from playing cards.
Did you know that you can enhance your Ripley experience by playing our brand new scavenger hunt?
As you tour the Odditorium, you will be invited to play a new challenge for each of our 16 themed galleries.
Believe it or not, there is no app to download! All you have to do is log in to our free Wi-Fi to start playing the challenge!
A special thank you to all of our guest who came out and celebrated with us! If it wasn’t for all of you, we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate such an incredible milestone. You, the fans, make this Odditorium one-of-a-kind. Once again, thank you for the support and love.
Just because you missed out on the celebration doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the weird fun! Our Orlando Odditorium is open 365 days a year from 9:00 a.m. until midnight! Visit now!