The Ripley’s Believe It or Not franchise is known for displaying astonishing information and objects you simply have to see to believe. Outrageous items on display at this Amsterdam museum include a 23-foot (7-meter) tall robot made of car parts, a shrunken head from the Amazon rain forest, and an ancient T-Rex skull.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! houses more than 500 artifacts in total, spread across five floors. In addition to the exhibits, there is a 5D movie theater where the chairs move as you watch a 3D movie through VR glasses. A spinning tunnel and replica Dutch windmill are two other top attractions. You can also sit in a giant clog or crawl into a huge lump of cheese. An on-site café and lounge offers a beautiful panoramic view of Amsterdam and the square where the museum is located.
Avoid waiting in a line to enter by prebooking skip-the-line admission tickets. You can also buy a combination package that discounts admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and another city sightseeing attraction, such as a canal cruise.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a must-visit for families traveling with children.
- Although there are many Ripley’s attractions around the world, each is unique, so you won’t have the same experience in two different cities.
- The building is wheelchair-accessible.
- There is a souvenir shop on the first floor.
- Children under 5 enter free of charge.
How to Get There
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is located in Amsterdam’s city center, surrounded by other attractions and restaurants. It is a 10-minute walk from the Amsterdam Centraal train station, and tram lines No. 1, 2, 5, 13, 14, and 17 all stop at the Dam Raadhuisstraat/Paleisstraat stop a short walk away.
When to Get There
Ripley’s is open every day from 9am to 10pm. Early morning is the least busy time to visit, and discounts are often offered if you arrive at opening time. Visits usually last one or two hours, but you can stay as long as you like.
Nearby Family Attractions
If you are traveling with children, the surrounding area is a great place to explore. Other attractions within a short stroll of Ripley’s include Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Amsterdam Dungeon, and (for older children) the Body Worlds Amsterdam anatomical exhibit.