This museum shows the Earth is a strange place indeed
Residing in Picadilly Circus, London, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum boasts the weirdest and wonderful of exhibits in what is truly a remarkable collection of human and animal items. However, don't expect the experience to come cheap, with Adult tickets priced at £26.95 and Children for £21.95. There are deals for families and young children, as well as the usual student and senior discounts to combat the price tag. In addition to this you can order tickets online here to save yourself 15%.
The museums contains numerous floors with each one featuring an eclectic mix of natural and artificial exhibitions that are extraordinary to say the least. Perhaps some of these attract more attention than others in terms of there being some more 'down to earth' features in comparison to the rest, but this does not let down the overall feeling that the museum is trying to capture. Whilst at Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum you will encounter that which will amaze you, shock you and disgust you and at the same time you can be sure you will find something in there you have never seen before. Being a strange facts lover myself, I was surprised to find features in there I had never heard of. Don't expect everything in there to be strange, there are indeed some generally amazing exhibits that are perhaps not so much unbelievable but rather more incredible.
Many of the exhibitions in the museum are interactive providing additional entertainment, yet the extent of this is limited in the way that most are simply pushing a button. This is not a negative by any means as even at my age the thrill of pushing buttons in a museum still lives inside of me, a factor which I am sure many people can relate to. Aside from these there are larger interactive features such as the Mirror Maze and the Laser Race as well as photo opportunities, seeing how small you are in comparison to the world's tallest man, for example.
The Mirror Maze is by no means large yet regardless of the size you and many others will find yourselves wandering where on earth the exit is, it certainly provides added entertainment though I am not sure it warrants any extra cost on the tickets simply due to the lack of significance it holds as part of the overall experience. Unfortunately for me the Laser Race was closed off due to it being at full capacity and whilst we would have waited around in the gift store for it to open we were on a time constraint hence did not get to try it out.
In terms of facilities there are toilets as well as a small place to eat and drink and a gift shop at the end of your visit. There are lifts as well as stairs to get you on to the different floors and getting lost is certainly not something you should be worried about, aside from getting lost in the Mirror Maze.
The overall feeling of Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum for me was that it was definitely something worth seeing. In general it was very family friendly and regardless of your age there is something in there for everyone. Although it may seem a little overpriced it is certainly worth the money spent. I recommend booking in advance to save yourself the money and the queues when you get there.