Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in St. Augustine, FL

Ripley's St. Augustine19 San Marco Ave.St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

The very first permanent Ripley’s attraction, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine offers a fascinating experience for guests of all ages. The attraction is located within a historic castle and features three floors with more than 800 bizarre exhibits and artifacts. Guests can find shrunken heads, a pirate made of scrap car parts, the largest operational erector-set Ferris wheel, and more.

Description

from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
Ripley's St. Augustine is the first & Oldest Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium!

Although Robert Ripley was a frequent visitor to St. Augustine and stayed in the building often, he did not create the museum. He died in 1949 and a year after his death, the Castle Warden was purchased to be the ideal, uniquely glamorous building to house his collections.

Collections that include real shrunken human heads, rosaries made of human bone, and a drum kit featuring two human skulls fused together and covered with human skin. Those and 800 other unique exhibits, artifacts, artwork and so much more await you and your family inside the museum right here in St. Augustine!

NOTE: In order to board the Ghost Train you must present your voucher and Photo ID at the Ripley’s Ghost Parlor at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. Be sure to bring along a digital camera and any other recording gear you wish.

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

11 Reviews
Jean-Pierre Joubert
Sugar Hill, GA
1 Review
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"Visit to ripleys"
August, 2016
It was a great experience, many great learns and fascinating articles there. I would go again

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RENEE DAIL
Davie, FL
1 Review
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"Different and educational"
August, 2016
I went with my granddaughter expecting her to enjoy this. But, after going thru this place it was interesting and kept my attention. Even staff was friendly. THey saw I had a cane and offered the elevator with a walkie talkie to let them know when I was ready for the next floor or finish the tour.
Tip: Keep and open mind. It is educational for kids to see.

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Nadine Bryant
Coolidge, GA
1 Review
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"Better Than I Expected"
August, 2016
It was not on my to do list, but my husband really wanted to. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. We took our time(about an hour and a half) to be able to see everything. There was a lot of very interesting things. I am glad I decided to go.
Tip: You will amazed, and some very neat things

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Kenneth Zimmerman
Perrysburg, OH
1 Review
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"Great Place"
July, 2016
Awesome place, it is very big. Has amazing features there. It weirded you out and made you think about alot. A must see place and in an amazing city
Tip: Creeps you out in spots but an cool creepy

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Deborah Palmer
Jacksonville, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"out of the ordinary"
July, 2016
I came in with an open mind. Didn't know exactly what to expect. Ripleys didn't hesitate to keep my attention with all the interesting things they had. I hope to be able to take my kids back someday.

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terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ripleys ... Nuff said!!"
June, 2016
Walking into ripleys after 17yrs i was not disappointed. Took the tour slowly and make sure to look at everything ..... Downloaded the app and had fun finding all the scan pics around. Totally fun.
Tip: Believe it or NOT..... Its a great place for oddities

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Jodie M.
Winter Springs , FL
3 Reviews
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"Interesting"
October, 2015
Nice air-conditioned attraction. Some scary things, lots of interesting things. Photo ops.
Tip: Must be able to walk up a flight of steps....unless there was an elevator I was unaware of.

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Jayson vazquez
Mesa, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great family experience!"
October, 2015
We were in the St. Augustine area for a National Championship track meet and decided to take my 3 kids on our days off. The Ripley's Mansion was a great time and the kids totally enjoyed seeing all the oddities. There is a little bit of everything to keep you entertained. I highly recommend taking a tour if you're in town. Very close to the main part of town too.
Tip: Parking is free which is very helpful in the St. Augustine downtown area.

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mommatish
Yorktown Heights, New York
"If you have seen one you have seen them all"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
My older kids loved it (aged 18-21). I thought it had a few interesting exhibits but I had been to a Ripley's a few years ago and it felt very similar. Worth a visit if you have never been to one.
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123Lovetotravel360
Orlando, Florida
"A charming display of old curiosity"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
I'd never been to a Ripley's Believe it or Not before, but visiting one had been on my bucket list for years. Well worth the visit! The museum itself is located inside of a historical building with a fascinating story behind it, and the displays reflect curiosities and artifacts from the past. Although some of the exhibits are probably a bit outdated, it stays true to its time period and displays an air of old school curiosity. I spent about two hours here and found myself extremely entertained by the mix of historical fact, fiction and though provoking exhibits presented.
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Georgette M
Clermont, Florida
"FUN for the whole family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
This was my granddaughter's favorite place to visit in St. Augustine. She is 13. We were there for hours and had a lot of fun!
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Kathryne P
"As expected."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 12, 2017 NEW
I've been to Ripley's in other locations so this one was as expected. Always fun and informational. The location is an old house, so there are lots of staircases. Not an ideal location for a sleeping baby in a stroller as you can't really take strollers through the exhibit. I did see elevators though so I do think it is handicap accessible.
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172joney
Kentucky
"If you've been to one, you've been to them all"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 10, 2017 NEW
I have been in Ripley's museums before. Some of the stuff was different, but a lot of it was the same. It's cheap fun, but if you've seen one, you've seen all.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

How long does it take to tour the Odditorium?
Ours is a self-guided tour so you can go through as quickly or slowly as you need to!  If you like to take your time and learn the history and back story of our exhibits, we would suggest at least 2 hours.  If you prefer to view the oddities and play with our interactive exhibits, you can get through in closer to an hour.

Are cameras allowed?
Yes.

Is there parking?
We have plenty of free parking at the Odditorium for our guest. There is a three hour limit on holiday and busy weekends.

Is the Odditorium wheelchair accessible?
Yes.

Does the Sightseeing Train stop at Ripley’s?
Yes it does.