Friday, September 28, 2012

Travels To Branson - Day Two, Part Two

After our morning hike on the nature trail, we went to the Ripley's Believe or Not Museum, which is located on the main strip in Branson.  What a neat museum!  Expensive, but neat.

The crazy exterior of the museum.

One of the first things you see when entering is this hologram depicting Mr. Ripley talking about collecting things all over the world.  At the end of his "talk," he disappears, leaving a skeleton in his place.  Anthony took one look at the skeleton and was terrified, screaming and running around the room.  Poor guy!  After we calmed him down, he was okay, though I was nervous for the rest of the museum!

The stagecoach made entirely out of toothpicks!

Many of the rooms had interactive displays, such as this.

A two-headed calf.  Anthony tried to climb through the rails so he could pet the calf.  I stopped him just in time.

A vacuum cleaner.

The tallest man in history.

The kids absolutely loved the crazy mirrors.

We laughed and laughed.

The Coliseum made out of playing cards.

I think this was one of the favorites of the whole museum - the dizzy tunnel.  You walked through on a bridge while the whole tunnel rotated around and around, and it was funny how it was very difficult to walk straight.  When you came out of the tunnel there was a mirror which added to the effect, except that Anthony walked full speed ahead right into it and came away with a goose egg on his forehead.  Surprisingly, he didn't cry, just laughed.

What a fun and fully entertaining museum to explore.  These are just a few of the things we saw in it.  There were a couple of things in there not so appropriate, like the real shrunken head, complete with video explaining how the natives of the country made them after killing their enemies, but they just provided an opportunity for discussion.  Overall though, we had an very enjoyable time.

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