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    20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

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    One week ago my family headed out to check out the Ripley’s attractions in Niagara Falls. These include Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Our last stop was Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.

    Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

    This was the attraction that we were most anxious to visit as it had just re-opened after many months of renovations. I had been to the old Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum several times over the years. Although the attraction was always interesting, it just had kind of an old/dated feel to it. We were really looking forward to seeing the new Odditorium. We were not disappointed!

    20160620_190829.jpg The entire attraction has been completely redone, and it looks fantastic. It has been enlarged, the ceilings seem higher, and everything is much brighter.

    The odditorium has been divided into a variety of different rooms with similar themes. There are rooms that focus on strange animals, odd habits, art, and many other oddities. There are classic exhibits (shrunken heads, lint art, etc), and much more modern exhibits. It truly is filled with interactive displays, starting right in the lobby. My daughter loved the water pipe display. You can press buttons and turn knobs to make water flow, stop, change colour, and more. There was a place where you could try to fold yourself into a box, sit in Robert Wadlow’s giant chair, and stand next to the world’s shortest person.

    20160620_191757.jpg The Erik Sprague exhibit is a great example of the layout. Erik Sprague is also called the Lizardman and he has done some extreme body modification. The exhibit is brightly lit, has a life-sized figure of him, and shows a video of some of his performances. It’s amazing. My wife also liked some of the classic exhibits that show the African neck rings, stretched lips andears and foot binding.

    20160620_192714.jpg One of the exhibits that was new from just before the renovation was the Wigan Micro Sculptures. Willard Wigan creates micro sculptures that fit within the eye of a needle. This is where the name of the odditorium really comes into play… believe it or not! It really is unbelievable that this is even possible. However they have a variety of microscopes and sure enough, there are small little carvings that really do fit into the eye of the needle. Wow!!

    20160620_194947.jpg One of the best  additions to the attraction is new “play” area. I think my kids could have played there for hours. There is a mind-bending “vortex tunnel” that was totally dizzying. There are other interactive games to play such as plastic pin art, a photo silhouette wall, and more. The evening we were there wasn’t particularly busy, but there were at least a dozen or more people in this area and no one seemed to be in a rush to leave.

    20160620_194509.jpg I can’t recommend Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium enough! It was super fun and there was definitely something there for all members of my family. As has been mentioned in the other postings, the best deal is to get the 3 Attraction Flex Ticket. If you are interested in a single admission, at the time of this write-up on their website adult tickets are $17.99, senior tickets are $14.99 and child tickets are $10.99. Be sure to check out the Ripley’s web site for the latest information.

    Note: To view images from our trip, visit the 20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – Image Gallery posting.

    World’s smallest sculptures now on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls

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    Here is the press release I received regarding the new micro sculptures at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls:

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    World’s Smallest Micro-Sculptures on Display for a
    Limited Time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls

    Lifelike creations are so tiny they can easily fit on the head of a pin – you have to see it to believe it!

    Niagara Falls, Ont. – (July 9, 2015) – Tiny creations are making for BIG fun for visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium.

    9 camels inside the eye of a needle

    9 camels inside the eye of a needle

    A collection of very rare micro-sculptures is now on display – most are so tiny that they sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

    The micro-sculptures were created by renowned artist Willard Wigan. His work has been described by some as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Wigan uses homemade carving tools, including diamond shards, filed-down acupuncture needles, and his own eyelashes or hairs plucked from a fly to sculpt and paint his creations. To produce these tiny sculptures, he enters a meditative state and times his movements between heartbeats-even dust and static electricity can affect his work!

    Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

    Visitors peer through microscopes to see the unbelievably tiny micro-sculptures

    Ripley’s Niagara Falls has this new, special exhibition featuring the miniature marvels and interactive stations, on display now for a limited time.

    “The sculptures have to be seen to be believed,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls GM. “You can’t imagine how he creates such amazing detail in something that can’t be seen with the naked eye.”

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! owns the largest collection of Willard Wigan sculptures in the world. The collection is currently on display at Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium for a limited time only.

    To view some of the micro-sculptures in the Ripley’s collection, please visit this Dropbox.

    Ripley’s Niagara Falls Odditorium, located at 4960 Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, is open 365 days a year. For hours and ticket info, please call 905-356-2238 or visit www.ripleys.com/niagarafalls.

    Media Contacts

    Tim Parker
    General Manager, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

    Frank WolffWellons Communications
    407-637-6000
    frank@wellonscommunications.com

    About Ripley Entertainment
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

    Minute sculptures have a big wow factor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It is hoped a display of some tiny creations will be a big hit with visitors to Ripley’s Believe It of Not! Odditorium.

    Several micro sculptures by renowned artist Willard Wigan are now on display at the Clifton Hill attraction.

    “This is the smallest exhibit we have now,” said Ripley’s manager Mary Roberts. “Guests have been looking through the microscope, than looking at the pin to see if it’s actually there.”

    World’s smallest sculptures on display in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    One of the mainstays of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is currently presenting the world’s smallest sculptures.

    At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the works of Willard Wigan can be viewed by visitors, but not with the naked eye. The incredibly small sculptures can only be seen with a microscope.

    World’s smallest micro-sculptures on display

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s hard to believe something can be so small, but that’s why it’s on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not odditorium.

    It’s a collection of rare micro-sculptures so small that many of them sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

    The micro-sculptures are the work of renowned artist Willard Wigan. The travelling display will be at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls until at least Christmas.

    Visitors look through microscopes to view the tiny sculptures.

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