Up Close & Peculiar

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: Vintage Spy Gear 

Here at Ripley’s, we’re no strangers to unusual and intriguing artifacts. Today, we are diving into one of our most curious collections to take a closer look at our vintage and historical spy gear. From hidden cameras to bugs of all shapes and sizes, no one was safe when these artifacts were being used by a skilled agent! Many of the incredible gadgets date back to the Cold War Era or were used by the KGB. To see just how technologically advanced they were for their time is truly something unbelievable!

Get up close with some creative gadgets that were highly effective in gathering intelligence from unsuspecting individuals. Ask yourself — would you really know if someone was spying on you? Tell us what you think and let us know which gadget was your favorite after learning about these iconic spy artifacts, straight from the Ripley’s Vault!


Discover hundreds of strange and unusual artifacts like this one, and get hands-on with unbelievable interactives when you visit a Ripley’s Odditorium!