Celebrate the weird at Ripley's Believe It Or Not Oddotorium in Ocean City, Reviewby EJ on 03/12/13
Fortunately, the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium was stroller friendly and we used an elevator to reach the second floor, where the exhibits began. In the first room, we were greeted by Zoltar, an old fortune telling machine. Our 8 year old immediately recognized Zoltar from the movie Big, and so that was a huge hit. I'm pretty sure the kids enjoyed him more than any of
the little Chinese torture devices and rare relics on the other side of the room. In that same room, we took a photo alongside a portion of the Berlin Wall that read "DON'T GO WITH THE FLOW".
In the next room, we found our smiles again as we explored the collection of art which included everything from pictures made out of burnt toast, to sculptures made from pure camel bone.
The museum went on and on. The kids were definitely never bored, especially when we caught up with the world's largest Great White Shark (with accompanying shark cage that you can go inside) and a life-sized Darth Vader made entirely out of car parts. Our space-loving 5 year old really appreciated Darth Vader and the subsequent space room which had everything from Buzz Aldrin's space suit to a rock from Mars.
Overall, we had a great time. We really did have fun and saw some pretty amazing things. While we weren't happy with some of the unexpected graphic images in the torture room, there was a lot that our children found fascinating. The museum really gave off a sense of adventure, which the kids really took to. Then of course... there were the bathrooms at the end, OMG. I'll leave that alone, so you can be surprised. My kids are still talking about that.
Look for coupons in the local visitors guides and phone books.
Maybe - don't bring the younger kids. We were surprised at some of the very graphic images, in the torture room especially. We covered their eyes, so it is possible to enjoy the museum with kids if you take some precautions.
Buy the museum's accompanying book that they offer when you arrive. It's not expensive at all and it provides a ton of extra info on all the artifacts and exhibits as well as additional weirdness that's not even in the museum.