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  • Explore the real science behind the unbelievable!

    This exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

    Crawl through a life-sized model of the prehistoric snake, Titanoba, and revel at its incredible size!

    Marvel at intricate micro-sculptures so small, they fit in the eye of a needle. See a calf with two faces, a megalodon shark jaw, a Rolls Royce made of matchsticks, and a portrait of Einstein made of toast. Celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Ripley, the explorer and adventurer!

    Your Unbelievable adventure awaits!

    What’s even more amazing than Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomilies and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them!

    This highly interactive exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, you will delve into these astounding wonders.

    • Crawl through a model of the largest snake to have ever lived
    • See the world from the perspective of the world's tallest man
    • Hear from Robert Ripley himself and discover what drove his curiosity into the unknown, and see some of the actual objects that he collected
    • Uncover how it is biologically possible to safely swallow a sword
  • Prepare for an incredible journey, where the unbelievable will be explained by science!

    Your students will feel dwarfed by some of the world’s largest organisms, and invaded by some of the smallest, as they discover the science behind our planet’s most extreme biology. Next, they'll discover the Wonderful World of Mr. Ripley, an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered. Students will hear from the adventurer himself about what drove his curiosity into the unknown, and see some of the actual objects that he collected.

    Your class' Unbelievable adventure awaits!

    Download the Educator Guide to access Lesson Plans and Worksheets to enhance your class' exhibition experience.


    Best Curriculum Fit:

    Grade 1:

    • GLE 1-2: Students will describe materials and objects that have been observed and manipulated, and identify what was done and found out.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

    Grade 2:

    • GLE 2-1: Students will investigate, with guidance, the nature of things, demonstrating an understanding of the procedures followed.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify materials used and how they were used.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

    Grade 3:

    • GLE 3-1: Students will investigate the nature of things, demonstrating purposeful action that leads to observations and inferences.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify materials used and how they were used.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will state an inference, based on observations.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

    Grade 4:

    • GLE 4-1: Students will investigate the nature of things, demonstrating purposeful action that leads to inferences supported by observations.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify materials used and how they were used.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will state an inference, based on observations.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify possible applications of what was learned.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

    Grade 5:

    • GLE 5-2: Students will recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify materials used and how they were used.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify variables that need to be held constant to ensure a fair test.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will state an inference, based on results. The inference will identify a cause and effect relationship that is supported by observations
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify possible applications of what was learned.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

    Grade 6:

    • GLE 6-2: Students will recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement.
    • SLE Focus: Students will ask questions that lead to exploration and investigation.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify one or more ways of finding answers to given questions.
    • SLE Explore and Investigate: Students will identify variables: − identify the variable to be manipulated − identify variables to be held constant − identify the variable that will be observed (responding variable)
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will state an inference, based on results. The inference will identify a cause and effect relationship that is supported by observations
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify possible applications of what was learned.
    • SLE Reflect and Interpret: Students will identify new questions that arise from what was learned.

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Feature Exhibition Gallery

Opens March 20

All Ages

Included with Science Centre Admission

Buy Tickets

Feature Exhibition Gallery

Opens March 20

All Ages

Included with Science Centre Admission

Buy Tickets

Feature Exhibition Gallery

Opens March 20

All Ages

Included with Science Centre Admission

Delve into these astounding wonders

Extreme Biology- Animals, Plants and People

Feel dwarfed by some of the world's largest organisms, and invaded by some of the smallest, as you discover the science behind our planet's most extreme biology. Challenge yourself to find 10 tiny animals, check out cow hairballs and the largest plant seeds in the world, and get a glimpse into your future at the Age Yourself exhibit.

The Wonderful World of Ripley

Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered. Browse through decades of cartoons by, letters for, and video of the man behind the Ripley Entertainment Inc. franchise.

Weird World

We live on an amazing planet that is full of incredible phenomena, which may appear unbelievable at a first glance. From geologic formations such as gigantic mineral crystals, to exploding killer lakes, there is a scientific explanation behind every wonder of the natural world.

Cultural Practices

Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body.

Gallery of the Unexpected

Explore objects of unique art and collections of unusual things that represent Mr. Ripley's inspiring legacy. Find out how artist Willard Wigan is able to make exquisite sculptures so tiny they can fit in the eye of a needle. Delve into the science of color mixing and pixilation. This area has seating for visitors to pause and enjoy the art around them.

Perceptions and Illusions

How do illusions work? Illusions exploit the way our brains process sensory information to turn it into an image or sound we can comprehend. Trick your sight and hearing and learn how we perceive the world around us. These amazing illusions will keep you fooled even after you learn how they work!

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The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is a registered trademark of Ripley Entertainment Inc. The Science of Ripley’s Believe it Not! Is produced by Science North and Ripley Entertainment Inc.

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