Have you always been intrigued by the unusual and the bizarre? If you answered, “yes” to that question then the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio has an truly amazing special exhibit that is a “must-see” for you. Make plans to see “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” unique exhibit running from now through April 24.
This special 6000 square foot traveling exhibit focuses on the weird and wonderful and is filled with one-of-a-kind oddities, biological anomalies, record-setting feats and lots of interactive displays distributed over six themed exhibition areas including “Weird World,” “Extreme Biology,” “Cultural Practices,” “Perceptions & Illusions,” “The Unexpected” and “The Wonderful World of Ripley.”
A Bit About Robert Ripley A cartoonist, reporter, adventurer, explorer and collector, Robert L. Ripley traveled to 201 countries over the course of 35 years searching for the odd, the unexplained and the unusual bringing the information to the public through his illustrated cartoons, radio broadcasts, movie shorts and his “Believe It or Not” TV show. Ripley died in 1949. At the “Wonderful World of Ripley” area of this special exhibit, visitors can read about Robert L. Ripley and listen to clips from his radio show.
Some of the featured attractions at “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not” exhibit include an animatronic likeness of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man ( 8 feet, 11 inches) that stands and sits back down on a chair, a life-size replica of the prehistoric Titanoboa (the largest snake that ever lived) and a 2/3 size replica of a 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost made entirely out of more than a million matchsticks held together by more than 63 pints of glue.
Other attractions include a calf with two heads, shrunken heads, small sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle, a replica of Bumblebee from “The Transformers” made out of car parts, Albert Einstein toast art, a portrait of singer Justin Bieber made out of candy, a life-size camel made out of children’s toys, the jaws of a Megalodon ( the largest predatory shark to ever exist on Earth) and genuine meteorites from Mars, just to name a few.
Be sure to check out the “Bug Bistro,” an interactive food-truck-like exhibit where you can learn about edible insect dishes. And don’t miss the “Perceptions & Illusions” exhibit area that is filled with interactive auditory and optical illusions. Visitors can also learn how sword swallowing is possible and how metal rings are used to elongate the necks of Kayan women in Asia.
Admission to “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not” exhibit is included in the General Admission ticket to the Great Lakes Science Center. Cost is $15 for adults and $12 for ages 2 -12. Hours for the Great Lakes Science Center are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and noon- 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
For more information about the “Ripley’s” exhibit or about The Great Lakes Science Center, call 216-694-2000 or get online at www.greatscience.com. The Great Lakes Science Center is located at 601 Erie Side Ave. in downtown Cleveland.