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New Jersey’s Atlantic City May Soon Be Without a Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Atlantic City — Believe it or not, an iconic portion of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is closing soon.

After 26 years of enticing Boardwalk visitors with shrunken heads, mutant animals, and models of incredibly tall or short people, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! will close on December 31.

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The museum building is a Boardwalk landmark. An enormous globe smashes through the front of the structure and wedges partway inside, destroying the foundation from top to bottom.

(The building’s foundation remains.


“We’re grateful for our supporters and guests, whose curiosity, open-mindedness, and excitement have contributed to our success for over 26 years,” said museum manager Chris Connelly.

“We’re glad to have offered a unique form of entertainment and education at the Jersey Shore, and we hope we have helped create lovely memories for those who have come to visit.”

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Connelly said the museum is closing because Ripley’s local franchisee’s contract is over.

“They’ll rethink the area and create something new and fresh for the future,” he said.
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Connelly said the famed facade may be used in the future.

Between Bally’s and Resorts casinos, the museum opened on June 22, 1996.

It grew popular with families searching for non-gambling amusement, gamblers taking a break from the activity, and curious onlookers.

It comprises 14 thematic galleries and nearly 400 exhibits. They include a scissors-and-knife spider, a roulette table composed of 14,000 jelly beans, and the world’s tiniest production car.

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Ripley’s discredited several carnival-show anomalies, including a mermaid skeleton that was a monkey skull sewed to a fishtail.


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