CLEVELAND (Jan. 11, 2016) – This winter is going to be unbelievable at Great Lakes Science Center! Beginning January 30, the weird and wonderful world of “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” opens for a limited run packed full of one-of-a-kind oddities, record-setting feats, biological anomalies and interactive exhibits.
Guests of all ages will learn how science can explain the seemingly unexplainable as they explore six themed exhibition areas and encounter a calf with two faces, an albino porcupine, the “Impossible Gate,” artifacts, shrunken heads, and a host of other curated curios from Robert Ripley’s legendary collection.
This special 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will be on display at the Science Center from January 30 through April 24 and is included with regular admission.
Examine ‘Extreme Biology’ and crawl through a life-size replica of a prehistoric Titanoboa, the largest snake that ever lived! Learn exactly what causes genetic mutations, and find out what it would have been like to be 8 feet, 11 inches tall like Robert Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived.
Learn more about Mr. Ripley himself – one of the earliest “kings of all media” who began his career as a newspaper cartoonist and soon expanded his “Believe It or Not!” brand to radio broadcasts, movie theater shorts and his own television show.
Travel around the ‘Weird World’ without leaving Cleveland. Step inside a replica of a cooling suit used by scientists to study cave crystals deep underground. Examine genuine meteorites from Mars and real fossils, and climb inside the jaws of Megalodon, the largest predatory shark to ever swim the Earth’s oceans.
Get an up close look at shrunken heads and other body modification traditions in the ‘Cultural Practices’ exhibit area. Find out how different methodical techniques make sword swallowing possible and then try to insert a sword down a model of a human throat, but watch out! If you hit any fragile organs, sound effects are triggered!
Amazingly small sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle, a two-thirds replica of a Rolls Royce made entirely of matchsticks, insect sculptures made of human hair and more await visitors in the ‘Gallery of the Unexpected.’
Trick your senses in the ‘Perceptions and Illusions’ exhibit area. Interactive optical and auditory illusions will keep you fooled, even after you learn how they work!
As science and technology advance, things that once seemed weird or unusual are explained and the mysteries of the world around us unlock. Mr. Ripley brought that sense of wonder to his audiences decades ago through his illustrated cartoons and dramatic radio broadcasts and now his collection is reaching a new generation of curiosity seekers through this amazing traveling exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition or visiting the Science Center, visit GreatScience.com.
“The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc.
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.