Ontario Science Centre invites visitors to explore the science behind the unbelievable with The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!® exhibition

TORONTO, May 24, 2016 /CNW/ - It's not weird; it's science! Explore the science of the unbelievable at The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!®, which opened at the Ontario Science Centre on May 20. A joint production between Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Science North, the family-friendly exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not!®

"Curiosity is an innate human quality and one that led Robert Ripley to accumulate his astonishing collections," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "With this exhibition, we invite visitors to exercise their own curiosity to learn about the science that underlies and explains the seemingly inexplicable, and make Ripley's passion for discovery their own."

Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences, this highly engaging exhibition allows visitors to delve into Robert Ripley's legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats. From crawling through a life-size model of a prehistoric snake to measuring up against the world's tallest man, and from investigating incredible examples of body modification to experiencing some of the world's most perplexing optical illusions, The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!® encourages visitors to follow their natural curiosity in the unusual and explore the science behind the unbelievable.

"This highly interactive exhibition is colourful, exciting, bursting with family fun and very hands-on," said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. "Robert Ripley was always fascinated by the scientific side of his finds as he travelled the world."

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!® is funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The exhibition runs daily until September 5, 2016 and is included with general admission. For more information about The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!® and to purchase tickets, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca/TheScienceOfRipleys/.

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

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The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
 is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc. Ripley's Believe It or Not!® and Believe It or Not!® are registered trademarks of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

SOURCE Ontario Science Centre

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