You won’t believe your eyes at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The Odditorium, an exhibition of bizarre objects and an attraction with a 5D cinema space, can be found on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Stand side by side with the world’s tallest person or see Vampire Woman, who is tattooed all over and decorated with odd jewelry, up close.
- Discover more than 500 bizarre objects, like unique persons and the strangest animals.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Amsterdam is one of the few branches to boast a real Transformer.
- Robert Ripley collected many of the objects on his many travels.
Who was Robert Ripley?
Robert Ripley, born in the United States in 1890, was an adventurer, cartoonist, reporter, but above all a collector pur sang. He brought home the most bizarre objects from the four corners of the earth. He opened his first exhibition in Chicago in 1933, drawing an audience of more than two million people. The exhibitions remained popular after this death in 1949. His collections can be found in countries like America, Canada, Australia and Thailand, and now also in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.
Four floors for the entire family
The exhibition in Amsterdam covers no less than four floors of a building. You may have already visited another exhibition but every Ripley’s Believe it Or Not site has its unique attractions. Amsterdam is one of the few locations to boast a real Transformer, for instance. The 5D Moving Theater is also unique: the chairs move while you are watching a 3D movie through your own VR spectacles. Movies have never been more realistic.
The interactive exhibition is suitable for all ages. Good to know: on average visitors spend about 90 minutes in the building but you can set your own pace, of course.
Prices and opening hours
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is open daily from 09:00 to 22:00. These hours may change for special occasions. Up to date information can be found on the website. Children younger than 14 are granted access exclusively in the company of an adult.
To do near Ripley’s Believe It or Not
There are plenty of other attractions within walking distance. Visit Madam Tussaud’s, for instance, which is also located on Dam Square, or The Amsterdam Dungeon that shows off the creepy side of Amsterdam. The Palace on Dam Square lets you discover about the life of the royals in the past. And Amsterdam’s city center is perfect for a shopping spree, with Kalverstraat, Bijenkorf department store and the beautiful Magna Plaza within easy walking distance.
Spend the night nearby
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is located on Dam Square in the middle of Amsterdam’s city center. The perfect place to find a good hotel. The chic hotel Krasnapolsky, for instance, with a view of Dam Square.