Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco

Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco

Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco
3.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
With over 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits, San Francisco's Believe It or Not! Odditorium is the most interactive in the world! It is home to more than 400 exhibits, , in 18 themed galleries, with a new emphasis on the Bay Area.
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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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Jeff M
Sacramento, CA466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Our children of 5 and 9 really enjoyed this museum. My wife and I also enjoyed it but it was mostly for them. There were more exhibits to see than I thought there would be and we spent about an hour here. The mirror maze got scary. My wife didn't want to do it so I went in with the kids and we went arond in circles for about 10 minutes before I just wanted to get out! We found the entrance where we walked in and exited there. I wouldn't recommend the mirror maze unless you have a lot of time and don't let little kids go off by themselves in there! The worst part about the whole thing museum is the girl at the front desk who couldn't be bothered to look up from her phone when taking the tickets. Great experience other than that.
Written 14 February 2023
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DesertTrips
Morocco340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Ripley's Believe It or Not! in San Francisco is a fantastic place to visit! We had so much fun exploring the exhibits There's a lot to see from bizarre artifacts to interactive displays It's definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for a unique and entertaining experience. Highly recommend!
Written 7 June 2024
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Shanamasha
Sydney, Australia327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I've heard a few things about this place and decided not to take my young son. There's a whole heap of weird stuff from skeletons of wax mannequins of real weird people to coffins and matchstick models. There's elephants made of tires and images of all sorts. But there are videos and experiences which I'm not even sure are suitable for ten year olds. If you like history and weird stuff, you'll enjoy. This one also has the mirror maze and laser game which my ten year old enjoyed. It's just a bit too adult, despite there being a large Optimus prime and iron man at the entrance. $45 for the two
Of us, not bad for an hour or so attraction.
Written 5 July 2016
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Stow, OH41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
We decided to go to the Believe it or not Museum as we had a groupon for it. We had a great time. The staff were great and very helpful. There are so many neat exhibits to see and fun interactive things to do. The one way mirrors are so funny! We also paid extra to walk through the mirror room, which was fun and different! I would visit again!
Written 19 January 2013
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MrC
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
It says it’s open to 10PM but I show up at 9 and it’s closed. So I go back the next day and ask when they close and they say 10. They just closed early on Sunday because of low traffic. But open to 10 tonight for sure. So I show up at 9 and, CLOSED!

I now see that “Believe it Or Not” applies to what they tell me to my face.
Written 28 September 2019
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ditzymudgirl
High Point, NC153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My 10 year old and 14 year old wanted to do this since we couldn't get Alcatraz tickets. We parked in a lot and it cost $50 ($10.00 tax!!) We walked a few blocks to the museum. We ended up getting the mirror maze and laser too. The kids loved the fun exhibits, especially the shrunken heads, light tunnel, and funny tricks with interactive exhibits. My kids have read the Ripley's books so the type of item they would see is something that excites them. Perfect activity for my boys and my 17 year old thought it was funny. Restrooms are halfway through. The mirror maze was very fun. The Lazer maze was enjoyable for the kids. All in all I would recommend it.
Written 25 July 2019
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Isaac H
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
I haven't been to Ripley's since i was a kid, like 20 years ago. I went as part of a field trip and it was really cool. So I thought it would be fun to take my wife and kids since we were in SF. I was amazed first at the ticket price. Ouch. Then when we got to the main exhibit I was truly amazed that almost nothing has changed in the last 20 years! Yes, I know Ripley is dead, but maybe it was just more impressive before the internet and youtube let kids see top 10 lists of amazing stuff from around the world for free in their living room. It is supposed to be a kid centered museum but you have to read basically everything and my 8 and 9 year old weren't really dedicated enough to read every sign of interest in the place. They added a laser game and a mirror maze after the main exhibit, but the laser game can be found in any decent arcade. The mirror maze was entertaining and fun, but the lighting will hurt your eyes and it doesn't really make the whole attraction/experience worth while. It will be fun for adults and older kids who care at all, but don't bother with this unless you've already been to Alcatraz and the Exploratorium; then do this if you're bored and have money to burn.

P.S. Don't buy the 9D or whatever it is, movie ticket attraction. It's all the way at the end of Pier 39, and you will regret it.
Written 17 September 2018
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Lynn S
Tri-Cities, WA313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We could have spent hours in this attraction. So fascinating and cool. Mirror maze was a bit of a let down. The lazer attraction was kinda fun. Pricey, but I would recommend.
Written 19 February 2020
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Christy H
Lewistown, PA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Any time I go somewhere I try to see if there is a Ripley's near by. We were staying in San Jose and drove up to check it out. It was a bit smaller than the ones in Ocean City, Or Atlantic City. But was still was good. I bought a cute stuffed double headed rabbit and a very neat collectible Ripley's key ring of a key. Very cool.
Written 10 January 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA2,10,882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was playing tourist for the day so went to Ripley's again. Its an interesting collection of oddities, exhibits, and movies to see. I had a good time going here again.
Written 4 January 2020
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