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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Exhibition is Now Open

Last night I got a sneak peek of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition that opened today in the San Diego Air & Space Museum. I entered curious of what weird and wacky things I would see and left with a sense of amazement. I still think back and ask myself “how is that possible?”

Robert Ripley is the man who started cultivating this kooky world. For 40 years he collected all things fascinating and unique. And now, for the first time since the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, the “ludicrously strange” collection is back in Balboa Park.

Near the beginning of the exhibit, I noticed a crowd of people huddled over a microscope shouting “whoa!” and “no way!” And when it was my turn to look through the microscope, I found myself exclaiming “what!?!” The microscope was focused on the eye of a needle. In that incredibly small loop stood an amazingly small and unbelievably detailed sculpture of Buzz Aldrin. This tiny figurine alone is worth the visit.

Further through the exhibit, were even more mind-boggling attractions, many of them were interactive. My favorite hands-on piece was a mysterious iron gate. Visitors are challenged to figure out how to open the gate. It seems simple, but the solution is amazing.

The walls of the exhibit are filled with optical illusions, fun facts and videos of seemingly impossible human feats. So whether you come to gander at a two-headed calf or touch a piece of the Berlin Wall, this exhibit is sure to make you say “wow!”

Entrance to the exhibition is $5 with paid general admission, but a free Museum Month pass will cut the museum entrance price in half throughout February. For information on pricing, times and dates, please visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum site