An iconic part of Atlantic City’s boardwalk is soon to close. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! is shutting its doors after more than 26 years of operation. The famed museum will close on the last day of the year (Dec. 31).
“We’re grateful for the support of our fans and guests, whose curiosity, open-mindedness, and enthusiasm have contributed to our success for over 26 years,” Chris Connelly, the museum’s manager, said in a statement per The Associated Press.
“We’re thankful to have offered a unique form of entertainment and education at the Jersey Shore, and we hope we have helped create wonderful memories for those who have come to visit.”
The museum was legendary on the South Jersey boardwalk as its architecture featured a crumbling building with a globe slammed into the sidewalk. The actual structure of the building as well as its foundation remained intact but encompassed the illusionary effect of the legendary museum.
According to AP, the building owner has reached the end of its agreement with Ripley’s.
“They’re going to reimagine the space and come up with something new and fresh for the future,” Connelly told the news organization.
The museum opened on the Boardwalk at New York Avenue on June 22, 1996, between the Bally’s and Resorts casinos, according to AP.
From now through Dec. 23, the museum is open each day except Wednesdays. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturdays, it is open 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Dec. 24, the museum will be open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. And, for the museum’s final week (Dec. 26 — 31), hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticket prices are $18.99 for those 13 and older; $14.99 for children between five and 12. Young children, 4 years old and under, are free. Tickets can be bought online at ripleys.com.