As of 2010, there are over 30 "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" Museums, or more correctly Odditoriums (from Oddity - someone or something strange or unusual) around the world. "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" is a franchise, founded by Robert LeRoy Riply (1890-1949), an American cartoonist, entrepreneur and amateur anthropologist. The first "Ripley's Odditorium" collection was displayed during the run of the World's Fair in 1933 in Chicago, and in 1950, a year after Ripley's death, the first permanent Odditorium opened in St. Augustine, Florida.
Orlando's Odditorium was opened in 1992 and located on the busy International Drive tourist corridor. This amazing building actually looks like it's sliding into a sink hole. In this Odditorium you can explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and strange from across the globe.