Ripley's LA museum gets a little less macabre
A $3.5 million overhaul meant removing implements of torture and other exhibits that parents said were too gruesome for kids.
That means torture implements used in the Spanish Inquisition and medieval chastity belts have been put in storage and replaced with items associated with Marilyn Monroe, such as a painting of her made of candy. Consumers like the changes, which are part of a $3.5 million makeover. General manager Andrea Silverman told the paper that attendance has increased by 40% as a result.
The reason for the change was simple: Many parents found the museum's exhibits, such as the skeleton of a two-headed baby, too gruesome for their children. Still, the museum has kept items that might freak out some patrons, such as a shrunken head. It's also in the process of acquiring the skeleton of an eight-legged puppy. But these attractions can be seen only by kids older than 6.
Silverman told the Times that for several years, many parents had asked for refunds because of exhibits that were too frightening for young children. That prompted the museum to close for a three-month overhaul of its attractions.
"We really wanted to push this as a family place," she told the paper. "We wiped out the entire museum to bring in an entirely new show."
Parent company Ripley Entertainment operates 31 Believe It Or Not "odditoriums," which typically contain about 350 exhibits. The company also runs five Guinness World Records museums, Louis Tussaud's Waxworks Museums and three aquariums. The businesses sprang from a cartoon created by self-taught artist Robert L. Ripley in 1918 that's still published in 200 newspapers.
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The macabre stuff is why I went there! As a kid, I had a dark sense of humor and this stuff was cool.
Kids are treated too delicately now! We are raising a generation of scaredy cats!
We would go to the one in WI. Dells all the time and I loved it and my parents didn't have a problem with my sister and I going in. Most of the exibits are more of a scientific anomaly than anything else.
Instead of getting rid of everything, why not make an entire back room exhibit for the adventurous?
Stats say that 1 in 4 Americans are taking an Anti-Depressant, that's right 1 in 4. If that stat is accurate we have a very serious Mental Health problem in this Country.
If you are traumatized by seeing EXHIBITS at Ripley's, you need to seek help from a Mental Health professional.
And somebody needs to explain the infatuation with Reality shows that are essentially "Bullying" broadcasted to millions everyday and the whole Country is trying to figure out how to stop kids from Bullying .
Gee I dunno, maybe stop watching Reality shows that Exploit people and dehumanize people with Mental Health problems for FUN and ENTERTAINMENT.
One show in particular makes my blood boil......I won't name it but it' s about Pageants. This is the worst case of child exploitation I have ever seen.
Please stop watching Reality programming, there is nothing REAL about it and it's sick that you find entertainment in watching people getting voted off the show.
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