ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Believe it or not, an iconic portion of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is about to close.
The Ripleys believe it or not! The museum said Thursday it will close on Dec. 31 after more than 26 years of enticing strollers on the promenade with curios such as shrunken heads, mutant animals and models of impossibly large or small people.
The building that houses the museum is an instantly recognizable feature of the Boardwalk. It is designed with a giant sphere that appears to have smashed into the front of the building and wedged it part of the way, causing the foundation to crack from top to bottom. (The actual foundation of the building remains.)
“We are grateful for the support of our fans and guests, whose curiosity, open-mindedness and enthusiasm have contributed to our success for over 26 years,” said Chris Connelly, manager of the museum, in a statement.
“We are grateful to have offered a unique form of entertainment and education on the Jersey Shore and we hope we have helped create wonderful memories for those who came to visit.”
Connelly said the museum is closing because its local franchisee is reaching the end of its agreement with Ripley’s.
“They’re going to reinvent space and come up with something new and fresh for the future,” he said.
The future of the famous facade is uncertain, although it’s possible it will be incorporated into a future use, Connelly said.
The museum opened on June 22, 1996 on the Boardwalk on New York Avenue between Bally’s and Resorts casinos.
It became popular with families looking for gamble-free entertainment, gamblers taking a break from the action, and curious passers-by.
It has 14 thematic galleries and over 400 exhibits. These include a spider made of scissors and knives, a roulette table made of 14,000 gummy bears and the smallest production car in the world.
Ripley’s also debunked several oddities from carnival shows, including what was said to be the skeleton of a mermaid but was actually a monkey skull sewn to a fish tail.
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