From local legends and lore to one-in-a-million exhibits, Ripley’s has launched a new online series that will take viewers on an adventure to discover some of the weirdest treasures ever found.
Viewers will follow self-professed nerd culture specialist and Travel Channel host Aaron Sagers on “Ripley’s Road Trip” as he uncovers little-known facts about rare artifacts only seen at Ripley’s locations throughout North America.
Launching today, the first episode features the new Weird Florida Gallery at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando. Viewers can learn about the shrunken heads owned by author Ernest Hemingway and watch as Sagers joins Florida folklorist Mark Muncy to dive into the indigenous legend of Orlando’s famed fossilized alligator — one of the most complete specimens ever discovered.
The Orlando Odditorium was chosen as the first location to be featured after an extensive renovation to its gallery space, which now includes:
- Dear Mr. Ripley – a limited-time exhibit featuring the man behind the catchphrase: Robert Ripley
- Dance Party – an interactive experience where guests can pose for that perfect selfie with one of Ripley’s unique characters
- Ripley’s Warehouse – an immersive look at Ripley’s collection of artifacts, art, animal oddities and memorabilia
- Crime & Punishment – featuring some of the most famous criminals and institutions of all time
- The Lost Civilization – a 3D visual experience where visitors can virtually explore beneath the wrappings of a mummified priest and an Ibis bird mummy.
You can watch the full episode below, and learn more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando at Ripleys.com/Orlando.