More than 100 years ago, the globetrotting Robert Ripley began collecting artifacts from his journeys around the world, which today form the heart of the greatest collection of oddities ever assembled. Up Close & Peculiar brings the curious history of these pieces to a personal level as our Exhibits Buyer, Kurtis Moellmann, explores the strange relics that lie within our Warehouse walls! Become a part of the story as we share pieces for every history buff, pop culture junkie, and oddities collector alike.
Today: From The Collection of Robert Ripley
Dubbed the “Modern Marco Polo,” Robert Ripley visited 201 different countries in this lifetime and collected hundreds of unique and peculiar artifacts during his travels. Upon his passing in 1949, Ripley’s entire collection went up for auction. Thankfully, his business partner, John Arthur, was able to purchase many of his original finds—many of which still have a home here in the Ripley’s exhibit collection today!
EXPLORE THE ODD IN PERSON!
Discover hundreds of strange and unusual artifacts like this one, and get hands-on with unbelievable interactives when you visit a Ripley’s Odditorium!