Ripley's Believe It or Not! London

Written by: Elmtree Press

Take your imagination into uncharted territory at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London.

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurer Robert Ripley and explore six oddity-packed floors crammed with countless curiosities, unusual historical artefacts, amazing art, and experiences inspired by his world famous collection.

Your school group won’t believe their eyes when they visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 

Pupils can get close up and personal with a real piece of the Berlin Wall, or learn about Winston Churchill and his famous speech. There is Queen Victoria’s signed appointment letter as well as over 700 interactive exhibitions and wonders from all over the world.

Ripley’s is the ultimate home of the unbelievable, with everything you can imagine all under one roof (and plenty more you can’t!) From the Harry Potter Hungarian Horntail made from recycled bike parts, Tower Bridge made up of matchsticks and a transformer, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a day out of the ordinary for all your students.

Take a voyage of discovery through their ‘Gallery of the Greats’ where you will find a collection of amazing art created from unusual materials, including plastic cutlery, butterflies, laundry lint, toast, computer keys, matchsticks and even cow dung!

See if you can find the many famous faces and icons, including Michelle Obama made from bottle caps, Michael Jackson made out of sweets, The Duchess of Cambridge made from lipstick kisses on a canvas and even incredible art made from toast!

Robert Ripley was dedicated to travelling the world in search of the unusual and the unexplained. He was particularly fascinated by the Far East and spent over 25 years dedicated to exploring the ancient cultures of the Orient. In doing so, he gave many Westerners in the 1930s and 40s their first glimpse into an exotic world that they would never experience first-hand.

Some of Ripley’s most exotic treasures are fascinating cultural artefacts acquired in the primitive outposts of civilisation; rare objects like decorated cannibal skulls, shrunken heads and intricately designed headdresses. Visitors can explore the Hall of Exotica to in search of these rare relics and admire the Beauty Room to discover how beauty is perceived in different cultures around the globe. Throughout their many galleries, visitors can discover more about these curious characters, including Lizard man (who underwent body modification to look like a real lizard!), Johnny Eckhardt (who was born with a truncated torso but went on to enjoy an extensive career in entertainment) and the lighthouse man (a Chinese street guide who drilled a candle into his head in order to give night tours of the city of Chongqing!)

One of Ripley’s most famous friends was a gentleman called Robert Wadlow who grew to 8ft 11 inches making him the tallest man who ever lived!

There are many interactive exhibitions too including the Marvellous Mirror Maze, Impossible Laserace, Black Hole, and Digital Graffiti Wall.

Their collections of odd and unusual displays and fascinating finds that appeal to even the wildest imaginations!

What a fabulous way to spend a day – your students will never forget it! See the main page for further information here