He was particularly fascinated by the Far East and spent over 25 years dedicated to exploring the ancient cultures of the Orient. In doing so, he gave many Westerners in the 1930s and 40s their first glimpse into an exotic world that they would never experience first-hand.
- Egyptian mummified hand
- Invincibility belt from the Philippines
- Burmese tattoo kit and outfit
- Self-deformed Peruvian skull
- Balinese dance costumes
Some of Ripley’s most exotic treasures are fascinating cultural artefacts acquired in the primitive outposts of civilisation; rare objects like decorated cannibal skulls, shrunken heads and intricately designed headdresses.
Visitors can explore the Hall of Exotica to in search of these rare relics and admire the Beauty Room to discover how beauty is perceived in different cultures around the globe.