Hundreds of weird and wonderful objects from around the world are brought together in the Key West museum of this American institution.
Robert Ripley was one of America’s most intriguing collectors, amassing an enormous gathering of oddities from over 200 countries during his lifetime. Following his death in the 1940s, his legacy was continued and much of his collection is today displayed at his Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums around the world. Ripley had close ties to the state of Florida, so it’s no surprise that you can find four of his museums in the state, including this one in Key West. Visit the museum to explore his vast collection, including a shrunken human torso, artifacts from the estate of Ernest Hemingway and a motorcycle made out of bones.
As you enter the museum you’ll be greeted by a life-size model of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. Have your photo taken next to the model and the ruler indicating his height: 8 feet, 11 inches (2.7 meters). The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Key West features 15 separate galleries in this historic property. Follow a self-guided tour through the galleries to discover a shrunken human torso that once belonged to Ernest Hemingway or a model of Captain Jack Sparrow made entirely out of recycled car parts.
Relax in the air-conditioned surroundings of the museum. With a series of excerpts from the popular Ripley’s Believe It or Not! television program, a visit to the museum is a great way to spend a few hours out of the Florida sun and heat. Sit back and relax as you watch the fascinating program.
Continue through the 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of exhibition space to find two-headed animals, bread art and a vampire-killing kit. The museum prides itself on bringing together the strangest artifacts from around the world under one roof.
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is located close to Mallory Square in downtown Key West. While some metered parking is available in the area, consider arriving on foot or by bicycle to enjoy the warm Key West weather. Tickets for the museum can be purchased online and the doors are open daily.