This highly interactive traveling exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages will delve into these astounding wonders. They will follow their natural interest and curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as they explore the real science behind the unbelievable.
With over 2,500,000 visitors to date, this exhibition has proven market appeal. Visitors of all ages will delve into these astounding wonders in the following main theme areas:
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 the 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.
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.
Investigate extraordinary body modification techniques practiced by cultures around the world and how these aesthetic changes affect the functioning of the human body. Explore how shrunken heads were made, and the cultural reasons for them.
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 are 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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More Details About Technical Requirements
Electrical: 20 dedicated 15-20 amp 120 volt circuits
Lighting: Specific effect lighting is provided within selected exhibits - Host will provide all lighting for the exhibition
Climate: Ideal temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). Ideal humidity level is 50%. The space must have a reasonable consistence of temperature and humidity.
Loading: Facility too load and unload a 53-ft (16.16 meter) trailer is required. Exhibit travels in 6 53-foot trailers. Client must provide a forklift with extensions and a qualified forklift operator.
The partnership between Science North - world class creators of STEM rich, immersive content - and Ripley Entertainment - the incredible team who has continued to build the legacy of Robert Ripley himself - has resulted in one of the most interesting exhibitions! You will receive additional support from Ripley Entertainment with media and event support, speaking events, merchandise, additional exhibits, custom cartoons, and more!
Past and Future Venues
Science North - Sudbury, ON
March 2 - September 2, 2013
Discovery Science Center - Santa Ana, CA
October 5 - January 5, 2014
Arizona Science Center - Phoenix, AZ
January 27 - May 4, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum - Peoria, IL
May 22 - September 8, 2014
Pacific Science Center - Seattle, WA
October 2 - January 4, 2015
Space Center - Houston, TX
February 19 - April 26, 2015
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry - Portland, OR
May 21 - September 7, 2015
St. Louis Science Center - St. Louis, MO
September 30 - January 17, 2016
Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland, OH
January 30 - April 24, 2016
Ontario Science Center - Toronto, ON
May 20 - September 5, 2016
Springs Preserve - Las Vegas, NV
February 11 - May 7, 2017
Discovery Place - Charlotte, NC
May 26 - September 4, 2017
Rochester Museum and Science Center - Rochester, NY
October 6, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Science World Vancouver - Vancouver, BC
January 25 - April 22, 2018
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science - Jackson, MS
May 18 - September 9, 2018
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Discovery Centre - Halifax, NS
January 25 - April 24th, 2019
Exploration Place - Wichita, KS
May 26 - September 3, 2019
Visitors will crawl through the largest snake that has ever lived, explore cultures from around the world, see some of the most unusual animals, and use their natural curiosity to learn about the science behind the unbelievable. With hands on interactives, multimedia, specimens and artifacts, and stories, visitors will be fully immersed in the world of Robert Ripley!