Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater in Williamsburg, VA

1735 Richmond RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23185
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Located on Richmond Road near the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater offer an exciting experience for guests of all ages. The museum features more than 350 exhibits and artifacts and 11 themed galleries. The 4D theater offers two thrilling 3-D films with state-of-the-art surround sound, and air and water misters, as well as other sensory experiences.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • The museum offers free guest parking.
  • Explore the odd and intriguing with more than 350 museum exhibits.
  • 4D theater features surround sound, special effects, and a 3D film.
  • All attractions are wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant.


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The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and 4D Theater in Williamsburg offers an exciting and family oriented experience. With exhibits ranging from Bumble Bee Transformer and Iron Man to a two headed cow and genuine shrunken head, the Ripley's Museum offers a unique and bizarre experience for people of all ages. Our Museum is the only fully indoor, year-round entertainment venue in Williamsburg. Inside our museum, you’ll also find our Impossible Laser Race and Atomic Rush games where guests battle the clock for best times and scores to beat their friends!

In addition to the Museum and games, Ripley’s offers a 4D Theater. Guests watch our shows with 3D glasses on a 50’ HD screen, all while getting blasted with wind, water and a host of other sensory experiences.

And after your 4D experience, you can check out our Candy and Souvenir Shop!

In addition to our Museum and 4D Theater, we also have our Catfish Cove
Mini Golf located next door, with 18 holes of fun! It is great family fun for all ages (This is available for an additional fee).

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

Janice Sykes-Lewis
south chesterfield, VA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
May, 2018
I really enjoyed the museum the movie was great and me and my daughter got to play some fun games. Cant wait to go back.
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Tip: Ripleys is a perfect family mini vacation

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Awo Mansah A
"Worst experience ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
We had a terrible experience from a ridiculous movie with water sprayed on our scared children and shockingly horrible exhibits of shrunken heads and a fake dead body hanging off a rope. This is neither interesting nor family friendly. We left quickly after the laser tag and some other game.
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Anne R
"Fun as a Circus, Interesting as a Museum!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
We found more fascinating and bizarre things at every turn, and there were a lot of them!! Like a fun house - but with a ton of curated remarkable pieces (along with the weird stuff). The whole family (mom, dad, and boys 8 & 11) got a real kick out of it! We bought the combo 5 attraction ticket, and while the two smaller activities inside (the push and laser games) were not the highlights, the 4D movies were a really fun add-on! The museum lay out reminded me of an amusement-ride, the entire attraction has really well maintained exhibits, and it is a very clean/family friendly environment. Would definitely recommend it!!!
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Bill B
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2018 NEW
Not worth the price of admission. Some interesting stuff, but money can be better spent at the mini- golf and go kart park.
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Laurie H
"Family Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
My family of 4 had a great time today at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. We purchased tickets for 5 attractions (museum, two games and two 4D movies). The museum was clean and well maintained. The displays were well described and covered multiple subjects (animals, artifacts, torture, human oddities, and more.) There were lots of free interactive activities for all ages, but our favorite part was the 4D movies. Prepare to get sprayed! A great time was had by all!
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
"Not a bad way to send a few hours"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Ripleys believe it or not is a place packed to the brim with very unusual items, things, pictures, displays, etc... it's connected by a bunch of rooms that weave throughout the building. We spent about 2 hours walking around and reading and looking at everything. We also added a 4-D movie option to our ticket and we actually liked that better than the main attractions.. We watched 4 4-D movies which were in 3D but then there were things that happened to you like water squirting in your face, things bumping behind your seat... It was very entertaining and a nice way to end the visit. If you have kids it's definitely a great way to spend an afternoon... I forget how much we paid but I do know we purchased our tickets at a discount directly from the website so check groupon and the website for any discounts that might be available.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum & 4D Theater

What goes on in the 4D Theater?
We have two different shows running in our theater. They alternate every half hour starting one hour after we open. The shows are similar to an amusement park ride, only the chairs do not move so no one gets tossed around. Each show is about 15 minutes long. You watch them with 3D glasses while we spray you with air and water, tickle your legs and several other surprises. The shows themselves are appropriate for all ages, although sometimes small children are scared of the dinosaurs.

Are your exhibits different from other Ripley’s?

Yes! Everything is real and unique. Some of the Odditoriums may have a few of the same wax figures, but the artifacts are all unique to each show.

Are the attractions wheelchair accessible?

We are ADA compliant and we have 4 available spaces in our 4D Theater specially designed for guests in wheelchairs.

Where can I park?

We have ample and free parking at the Odditorium.

Do you have a snack bar?

We do not allow food or beverages in the attractions, but there are approximately 20 restaurants within a 1-mile radius of our location.

Can I take pictures?

Yes. You may take as many pictures as you’d like.

How old do you have to be to enter by yourself?

You must be 13 or older to be in the attractions by yourself. Anyone 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Does the Mini-Golf cost extra?
Yes, you can purchase a ticket at the front desk.