Morbid Museum: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Wisconsin Dells


September 18, 2018 — I’ve written about a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum before on OTIS. The Niagara Falls one. But every Ripley’s museum is different. So I thought I’d follow up on my recent post about the mummified serial killer head at the Wisconsin Dells’ Ripley’s with some of the other morbid items on display there.

Because while a mummified serial killer head might be the most morbid item in the Ripley’s collection (hell, possibly on the entire planet), the whole museum is macabre, with enough skulls to be considered an ossuary, enough mutated animal taxidermy to make a bizarro Cabela’s, and enough human body parts to have to fend off regular police raids.

So it’s name might be all bright and exclamation pointy on its ancient temple-inspired façade and its visitors slightly damp and flip-floppy from all the neighboring water parks of the Dells, but be warned. Your tourism darkens inside.

An fantasy coffin from Ghana.

Ripley's has the largest collection of authentic shrunken heads in the world.

Only Ripley's would turn shrunken heads into a game.

A Tibetan Human Bone Rugen for kicking demon ass.


Pressing various buttons on this poor guy's chest caused sections of the trivia board to light up.

Angel hair pasta in the form of a witch being burned at the stake.
By Corena Ricks.

A ceremonial chest used by the famous warlock Gerald Gardiner.


Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of virgins to achieve eternal life.


A cannibal trophy skull worn by head hunters in the Philippines.