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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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startravel01
Sydney, Australia
"Believe it or not... don't waste your money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2020
The ripleys at time square is a waste of money as there isn't much exciting things to see in there. I would rather spend the time exploring times square than waste couple of hours in there. The exhibits are very basic and looks like it's been left to run down. There were hardly any crowd when we went there around 6pm and now we know why. The wax museum next door is much better.
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breannabaily
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"A Fun Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2020
it was amazing!!!! I had a great experience. Everything that I expected. I am very grateful. Thanks.
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dunitagain2020
Boston, Massachusetts
"GREAT EXHIBIT"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2020
I was fascinated by all of the different things in this museum. I read all of the signs and learned a lot about different cultures and places and even different years. It was very interesting!
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SillyBillie
Newcastle, United Kingdom
"Same old same old"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2020
We went to Ripley’s one evening (so off peak) The main issue I have with Ripley’s is that it is similar everywhere you go... the exhibits are slightly different but the layout is pretty much the same... when you see one, unless you are “weird and wonderful” fan it gets boring pretty quickly. I think this is my last visit in any town (in my opinion it is overpriced for what it is)
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KEITH D
"Great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2020
My boyfriend and I really had an amazing time here. If you just want something to do out of all of the other things to do in Time's Square, this will really be that for you! The people there were very friendly and we had a great time on the green screen taking pictures!
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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.