Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square in New York, NY

234 West 42nd StreetNew York, NY 10036
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Overview

The largest Ripley’s in North America and one of New York City’s most intriguing attractions, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square offers exciting entertainment for the whole family to enjoy together. Explore the 500+ unique exhibits and 20 themed galleries, including The Little Apple – A New York Experience, The impossible LaseRace™, The Black Hole, a spinning vortex tunnel, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Largest Ripley’s Museum in North America.
  • Features over 500 unusual artifacts.
  • Allow 2 hours for self guided tour.
  • Cameras allowed.
  • Fun for all ages.
  • Wheelchair accessible.

Description

from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square invites guests of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, our one-of-a-kind attraction in NYC is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected and the unbelievable. Only at Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square will families rediscover wonder around every corner.

Ripley's showcases some of the most incredible exhibits found in New York City, many of them discovered and owned by Robert Ripley himself! Countless original pieces and galleries include the new Marilyn Monroe collection room and Manhattan's only Smash Dash. The museum also hosts a variety of options for groups, including field trips, birthday parties, and scouting expeditions.

WONDER
500+ amazing artifacts, eclectic artworks, and mind-bending displays.

THRILLS
Action-packed exhibits like Smash Dash and the new Ripley's Relic escape adventure. (*Additional fee.)

Experience 20 Galleries packed with "curioddities" and interactive adventures at New York's ca n't-miss attraction.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Janet Hellmann
Staten Island, NY
1 Review
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"Grandsons Loved It"
October 2015
It is sometimes a tough thing to impress one's grandsons. Ripley's Beleive It or Not really solved that problem for this grandmother. My grandsons, aged 13 and 11 really got into all of the exhibits and had a great time!!! Their mother and I also found a lot of the stories extremely interesting and on the whole, this is a great, fun experience for the whole family.
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AJA HUNT
CA
1 Review
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"SO MUCH FAMILY FUN"
July 2015
I took my 9 year old son to Ripley's in time square AND HE HAD A BLAST!!. We are headed back to NYC in 2 weeks and he is already begging to go back. Highly recommend!
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Tip: You may have to wait in line, but it is totally worth it!

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Amanda B.
Cicero, NY
1 Review
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"Great for the Family"
March 2015
This was a great experience for my entire family. We have a 3 and 13 year old and both enjoyed it. It was also enjoyable for the adults. Great experience to see different things, and a way for the entire family to interact with each other.
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April Rand
Staten Island, NY
1 Review
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"fun time for tweens"
March 2015
Our visit to Ripley's was for my daughter's 12th birthday, her and her friends had a great time and want to go back again.
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Tip: having the tickets printed made it a breeze to get in.

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Catherine Hollier
AU
1 Review
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"If your kids are into weird stuff, they will enjoy this"
January 2015
A reasonable collection of weird kind of stuff. An eclectic mix. My kids enjoyed it, especially the end section which is quite interactive. They also liked the 'weird photo' opportunities. It is reasonably presented, though I think somewhat overpriced. At half the price I would have said it was a good deal, so it was good to get slightly discounted tickets.
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Tip: It takes about 3 hours if you read and try everything, but you could do it in half that time if you were just browsing

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yvonne301
yvonne301
"Absolutly ridiculous!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
We selected to go here because it was free. I am so grateful that this was free or I would have felt robbed. It is the most ridiculous museum I have ever been to. I am still confused!
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Nitha R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Good for Children"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
This place is amazing! My daughter loved it. They were fascinated by all the fun exhibits.I like the way the topics are presented. Choose NEW YORK PASS for this attraction
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vaykoa
Kalamazoo, Michigan
"Fun time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
This place was just as I remember. It's a museum celebrating all things odd and unique. Very handicap accessible.
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MOOMOO7_11
Dublin, Ireland
"Boring!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2019 NEW
Husband and I visited this location. Bought our tickets online at a discounted rate and delighted we did as its not worth the full price. Needs major updating in terms of everything... feels dirty when you walk around and I found the entrance area to be smelly! Yes some interesting things but nothing like other locations around the world.. I expected alot more especially for New York. Dont waste your dollars!
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Lindarplusfour
Miramar, Florida
"Small location"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2019
We’ve been to other ripley’s believe it or not museums that take hours to visit. This location was so small that we were in and out in about an hour. The location did have some interesting items. Including a little history on ripley himself which I had never noticed at other locations. It’s what you make of it and it can be fun but just go in knowing that it is a small location.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

How much time should I plan to spend at the museum?
Most guests spend between an hour and a half to two hours exploring the strange and unique artifacts, exhibits and interactive experiences at Ripley's Times Square. As with any attraction or museum, your personal tastes will determine how long it takes. If you plan to dive into every item and read each caption, you'll be here a bit longer. If you plan to focus on featured galleries, you will find that two hours is sufficient.

Is photography allowed at Ripley’s Times Square?
We encourage guests to take as many photos of themselves as they want while interacting with our exhibits.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Ripley's Times Square is handicapped accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request at the admission desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you allow strollers?
Yes.

Is food or drink allowed in the museum?
A number of our exhibits are priceless and simply cannot be replaced if damaged. Therefore, to be sure that we preserve the collection for future visitors, we do not allow any outside food, gum, or beverages.

Is there a gift store?
Yes! Our magnificent Ripley's Odd Shop features items that range from the bizarre to the unbelievable and everything in between. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odd Shop is the perfect place to find something for everyone – Believe It or Not! t-shirts, bizarre collectibles, unique jewelry, crazy candy, gadgets and toys that will engage the imagination. Our products change regularly and we invite you to visit often. Our gift store may be accessed by the public as well as those who have visited our attraction.

Is this museum the same as other Ripley’s?
Ripley's personal treasures can be seen in Believe It or Not! attractions around the world. Each museum is unique in its collection of oddities and in their presentation. No Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum would be complete without the "old favorites" however - the incredible people whose stories Ripley gathered on his journeys around the globe. These strange people are brought back to life in detailed wax figures.