For those first time visitors to Amsterdam, a lot of things about the city may seem weird but the funny thing is that while you’re trying to adjust to the culture shock, the city hits you with some more weird stuff. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is one of those “weird things” to do in Amsterdam. Located on the Dam Square, Ripley’s Believe It or Not isn’t just an exhibition of bizarre objects, it is an attraction with a 5-dimensional cinema hall. You get to stand right next to the tallest person in the world, take a look at a “Vampire Woman” who had her entire skin tattooed and also has piercings with some bizarre jewelry.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is where you meet the people who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records and hear the stories behind the rare pieces of art collected by world traveler Robert Ripley.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not mixes ancient civilizations and modern art together in an attempt to preserve these for future generations. It is the ideal exhibition for those interested in history, culture (no matter how weird) and also human beings who have dared to challenge the status quo by taking their uniqueness and the act of being different to a whole new level. There are shrunken human heads made by the so-called headhunters; an original Russian space suit; the lunar Bible that was sent into space with the Apollo 14; a part of the Berlin wall that once divided the German capital; portraits of celebrities like Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga made from, among other things, gumballs, crayons, and other materials; and people who have done the craziest things to their bodies such as the “Lizard Man” and the “Vampire Woman”.
About The Wonderful World of Mr. Ripley.
Behind the doors of Ripley’s five-story museum, a crazy and weird world comes to life. A world in which you have to decide for yourself whether what you read and see is really true. Prepare to be amazed! Believe it or Not, everything you see is REAL!
- Discover the bizarre stories behind some really amazing and extremely rare objects.
- Play with optical illusions and also enjoy some interactive mind games.
- See a 7-meter high robot made of car parts.
- Take a seat in a gigantic wooden shoe.
- View the Dam from a bird’s-eye view.
- And many many more things that surprise you.
Inside Ripleys Believe It or Not
A curious look into the wonderful world of Mr. Robert Ripley.
Who was Mr. Robert Ripley?
Robert Ripley, born in 1890 in the United States, was an adventurer, cartoonist, reporter, but mostly importantly, a collector of bizarre and weird items and stories (which were facts by the way). In 1933 he opened his first exhibition in Chicago, which attracted more than 2 million people. Even after his death in 1949, the exhibitions remained popular and saw record number of visitors flock into Chicago to see all of the weird objects he had collected on his travels. His collections can be found in, among others, America, Canada, Australia, Thailand and now also here in Amsterdam.
It is important to note that every city has something unique o offer. For example, Amsterdam is one of the few branches that can boast of a real Transformer from the Transformers movies. There’s also a unique 5D Moving Theater. The interactive exhibition is for people of all ages.
Don’t forget that a crazy world comes to life inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A world where visitors have to decide whether what they read and see is really true. So it’s up to you to; Believe it or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Opening hours
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is open every day of the year from 9 am to 10 pm. These times can change for special occasions. Children under 14 years of age only have access under the supervision of an adult.
|Monday till Friday||09:00 – 22:00|
|Saturday and Sunday||09:00 – 22:00|
Ripleys Believe It or Not Ticket Prices and Discount Tickets
If you think Amsterdam is not crazy enough, come to pay a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not on the Dam Square and be amazed at their collection of weird and crazy artifacts that would arouse your curiosity. You can order tickets on their official website and also right here via the blue bar.
The exhibition lasts for about an hour and 30 minutes but most people really love taking their time to discover all that is there to see.
Order your tickets here and discover the world in just one location!
Robert Ripley visited more than 200 countries in his life, making him one of the most travelled men of his time. He started collecting extremely special objects, and these are now being exhibited in his very own museum! Come see how big the biggest man in the world actually was, see real shrunken heads, art made from jelly beans and experience all kinds of visual illusions. Here you have 5 floors that will amaze you!
Best time to visit remains between 13:00 and 20:00.
|Adults (15 and older)||€ 21,-|
|Children (5 – 15)||€ 13,-|
|Children (0 – 4)||Free of charge|
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Address and Contact Information
1012 JS Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 369 71 20
Ripley's Believe It or Not Amsterdam
The ThingsToDo Team paid a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Amsterdam to take a look at what all the hype was about. The exhibition isn’t just located in a perfect part of Amsterdam with a bird’s eye view of the Dam Square from the highest floor, it is also a different and exciting world on its own. From the moment you walk in, you get the feeling that it’s definitely going to be exciting. From the introductory story on the life of Ripley’s to the wonderful café on the first floor and all other amazing objects on display, the world of Ripley’s is definitely one we should all see.
Pay a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and you definitely won’t be disappointed. Below are some pictures we took of the exhibition. These and many more are on display at Ripley’s. Don’t forget to order your tickets on our website and leave reviews after your visit.
Public transport to Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is easily accessible by tram from various NS stations in Amsterdam.
From Amsterdam Central Station to Ripley’s Believe It or Not:
- Tram 2, 5, 9, 16 and 24.
- Station Zuid WTC: tram 5, STOP Dam Square.
- Station Amstel: tram 12, STOP Dam Square.
Station Sloterdijk: Bus 22 to Amsterdam Central Station and then take Tram 9, 2, 16 or 24 and stop at Dam Square.
Parking near Ripley’s Believe It or Not:
Q-Park Dam Square, entrance right next to the Bijenkorf (close to the Stock Exchange building): Visitors can always park in the Q-Park garage but understand that this part of Amsterdam can always be very busy and the best mode of transportation is public transport. Take the tram, hop off at the Dam Square, in front of the monument.
Note: There’s also a parking lot for bicycles right next to the entrance of the Q-Park garage. For visitors who wish to go by bike, the parking lot is totally free of charge.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not FAQ
If you buy your tickets online, do you get to stand in the queue?
No, you can walk past the counter and directly into the museum. You only have to show your tickets when you go upstairs to the first floor. You also have to bear in mind that sometimes, there could be a queue for people who already have tickets. Then you have to stand in the queue but for never for long.
How much time do people spend there on average?
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. You stay for as long as you want.
Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible.
Are children allowed inside?
Yes, children below the age of 14 have to be accompanied by an adult.
Is smoking allowed in the museum?
No, smoking isn’t allowed inside the museum.
Are visitors allowed to bring in food/snacks into the museum?
No, guests must dispose of all food, drink and chewing products before entering the museum.
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