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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Ripley's Believe It or Not Museums are part of an American franchise founded by Robert Ripley that deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. The Ripley collection includes 20,000 photographs, 30,000 artifacts and more than 100,000 cartoon panels.

When Ripley first displayed his collection to the public at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933, it was labeled Ripley’s Odditorium and attracted over two million visitors during the run of the fair. That successful exhibition led to trailer shows across the country during the 1930s.

In 1950, a year after Ripley's death, the first permanent Odditorium opened in St. Augustine, Florida. As of December 2010, there are 32 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world.

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