Ripley’s Believe It or Not®

Ripley's Entertainment Inc. / Ripley’s Believe It or Not® • Museums & Edu-tainment • July 2007

A&ES rises to the challenge of making Ripley’s NY Times Square real, Believe It or Not!


Ripley’s Believe it or Not! NYC is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring attractions in the Big Apple, especially for children and young families. This museum gives you an unusual, unexpected, and unbelievable experience. Ripley’s collection of art embraces everyday objects, prized collections, weird hobbies, and hosts items ranging from exotic and strange to shocking to beautiful, from prehistoric to futuristic eras. This pleasantly surprising, incredible place with a real-life manifestation of the Goosebumps books and horror thrillers, Ripley’s is a must-visit attraction while in NYC. Ripley’s Entertainment owns and operates 40 attractions in nine countries.

A&ES Build Highlights

Offering one of a kind, unusual and unbelievable experience to its visitors, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is home to rare artifacts, photographs, mind-blowing interactive exhibits, micro sculptures, giant robots, and more. It highlights impressive displays of eccentric art, intricate sculptures made with used tires, extraordinary animals, and many other incredible items. Ripley’s expands across two entire floors and is the largest Ripley’s attraction in North America, displaying

  • 80-plus attractions including outer space wonders, dinosaur fossils, the world’s only albino giraffe
  • More than 500 astonishing artifacts
  • More than 20 distinct, interactive galleries including the bizarre, incredible, mysterious, and fascinating
  • Thousands of photographs, cartoon panels, models, and much more

Like the 31 other Ripley’s attractions worldwide, each item inside Ripley’s Times Square appeals to man’s basic curiosity and desire to know more about our planet and New York City. Displays are only authentic, original, and feature unbelievable exhibits: locks of Elvis Presley’s, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s, George Washington’s hair, Ripley’s collection of Olympic torches, and animal oddities including a two-headed calf, a six-legged cow, and an albino giraffe! The museum features Ripley’s collection of 24 shrunken heads that were the spoils of war for Ecuador’s Jivaro Indians. Believe it or not, Ripley’s Times Square boasts more shrunken heads on display than the American Museum of Natural History.

A&ES Design and Fabrication

  • Lobby courtyard textured architectural arches and columns with custom Ripley’s themed sculpted ornamentation
  • Custom themed artifact and asset plinths, frames, and casework
  • Custom metal scrollwork and railing
  • Themed faux bronze door panels
  • Interactive props for Ripley’s assets
  • Interactive optical illusion photo op
  • Replica correctional facility room
  • Onsite themed brickwork
  • Themed torture chamber with props
  • Egyptian themed dimensional carved casework
  • Interactive heads in the jars photo op
  • Interactive skyscraper beam photo op
  • 3-D shark display interactive
  • Interactive gallows
  • Scenic painting and distressing
  • Onsite coordination and installation

A&ES Services Details

  • Research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements
  • Assessment of preliminary space plans
  • Provision of project management services including preparation of project budgets and schedules
  • Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, details, and specifications
  • Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes
  • Identify facility impacts between contractor and A&ES components
  • The organization, coordination, and planning
  • Pre-production and prototyping
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino
  • Thermoplastic fabrication
  • Shop drawings (CAD)
  • Water-jet metal shapes
  • CNC machining
  • Architectural millwork
  • Specialty automotive paint prepping and finishing
  • Fiberglass production (FRP)
  • 3-Dimensional design and fabrication
  • Complete design specification services
  • In-house fabrication
  • Turnkey installation

Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium houses the most extraordinary collection of unbelievably odd and unusual items ever assembled under one roof, from this world and beyond. The exhibition captures Ripley’s essence, the eccentric collector who proved to the world that truth could indeed be stranger than fiction.

A&ES creative and build teams are unbelievable, too!

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