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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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Tip: Creeps you out in spots but an cool creepy

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Deborah Palmer
Jacksonville, FL
1 Review
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"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
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"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.
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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.
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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
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"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.
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Tip: Parking is free which is very helpful in the St. Augustine downtown area.

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tklwood
Denham Springs, Louisiana
"lots of weird stuff"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
first time to tour Ripleys, lots of relics that were pretty to see and also lots of weird stuff. had a good time, we were early so no crowd and was able to take our time walking through.
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Frances562015
Lakeland, Florida
"Old news"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2017 NEW
Have been before; thought it would be good to do during a short rain, don't. Waste of money. Find a pub or wine shop instead.
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Lana0427
Miami, Florida
"Believe It Or Not"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2017 NEW
Believe It Or Not ,very good place to stop by with kids. Kids like it very much evening ghost tour. They had a great time, at the day visit and at the night visit.
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Michael P
"Not very exciting. Most of it seemed like a joke. Nothing spectacular"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2017 NEW
Nothing spectacular. It amazed me at how people would even think any of this stuff was real or possible. There were a few "artifacts" but even those could be seen at most museums and gift shops. Almost everything else were facts or too stupid to believe anyone could fall for these hoaxes. I would not recommend wasting your money and time.
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Tara D
"Freak show "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2017 NEW
This was interesting but also a bit freaky. Be ready for the little ones to get a little scared. There was a lot to see and some things you'd rather not see. Such as, painted Palmetto Bugs and shrunken heads. Plan to spend a least an hour walking through the entire museum. My husband felt like it was better 30 years ago.
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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.