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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
From atop One Times Square to Ripley’s Times Square – Experience the ACTUAL New Year’s Eve Centennial Ball! Get up close and personal with the Times Square New Year’s Eve Centennial Ball. Touch the Waterford Crystal podium and ring in the New Year only at Ripley’s in 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.

Featuring countless original pieces and galleries, including the new Marilyn Monroe collection room and Manhattan’s only Laser Race. The museum also hosts a variety of options for groups including field trips, birthday parties, and scouting expeditions.

Note: Guest must present voucher/e-Ticket and ID at the "Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square" ticket desk located at 234 West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave.

Reserve New York City 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!
Tip: You may have to wait in line, but it is totally worth it!

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Amanda B.
Cicero, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: having the tickets printed made it a breeze to get in.

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Catherine Hollier
AU
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Laurz2
"Great for young and old!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
Loved this so much! Went in London too and loved it. We did it as an activity from our explorer pass and it's opened late which was handy when we tried to fit everything in. Be careful on the way out as people will try to sell you stuff! Loved the black hole on the way out!
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Sarah L
Scranton, Pennsylvania
"Anything But Boring!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2017 NEW
First off, BEWARE of the Wyndham Timeshare Representative...they stand at the entrance of Ripley's, offer you a free gift 'inside,' and take you to their Wyndham desk inside the Ripley's Gift Shop. The Odditorium was full of fascinating oddities and fun facts. So much to read about and look at. TONS of photo opportunities! My husband and I had a blast! There are a lot of history lessons that can be found here. The torture chamber room was pretty awesome (might be a little scary for the little ones). It was very cool to see the NYE ball up close! It was beautiful! It took me and my husband about 2 hours to walk through the whole thing. I think this is a NYC Must-See! We've been wanting to do this for a while. Make sure to check Groupon for a deal!
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Sherri G
Lewisville, Texas
"Disappointing "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
Too many features in this place were not working properly---this place needs much better maintenance!
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Anonymous
"Believe it or Not! This place is great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2017 NEW
Last week I decided to take my 2 young boys out for the day, and Ripley's was the best decision we made! The girl at the admissions desk, Charis, was so nice and very informative. She made my kids super excited to enter. I bought them each a souvenir book that she had offered and off we went! Some of the kids favorite parts were the new years eve room, the black hole, and the laser race. As we were going through the museum, I could not find the bathroom, but, we ran into Charis again by the laser game, and she personally showed us the way. Most places don't show that level of care or enthusiasm! The kids and I even had a great time in the bathroom which was totally unexpected! It's a great place I would recommend to anyone!
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EspressoCanadian
Burlington, Canada
"Good for kids some scary parts"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2017 NEW
We have been to a few of the ripleys. This one seemed to have a lot of replicated stuff from the other locations. There was a few scary parts our son would not go near and they were inappropriate for children. They did honor the price from online at the front counter. But why would any company sell tickets cheaper online then in store??

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.