Explore Branson: Ripleys, Titanic, and Acrobats of China

My mother and I were invited by Explore Branson to visit Branson for three days and check out some of the attractions.  We had a blast! I’ll definitely be taking my entire family to Branson soon. Here are some of the things we did while there.

Explore Branson: Ripleys, Titanic, and Acrobats of China.

Branson has some amazing exhibits and shows. I already told you about my experience at the SIX Show, now I’ll ramble about all of the fun museums and shows I was able to see 🙂 . 

I’ll start with the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium .” If you plan on visiting Branson, one of the places you should mark on your list is Ripley’s. The information is quite interesting.

Ripley’s has eight galleries filled with a collection of over 450 unique artifacts, art (that’s truly unbelievable), crazy illusions, and interactive items. The museum is constantly changing.

Fun Fact: There are over 30 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums in ten countries.

One of the coolest things I saw at Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum is this picture of Lauryn Hill made with old cassette tapes. I’m a huge Lauryn Hill fan so this art piece made my day.

There are plenty of things to learn about at the museum, some of the items, artifacts, and videos I questioned was real or not.

My mom enjoyed herself at the museum. She kept saying, “Ericka, come over here, look at this, look at that, did you know? (blah, blah).”

Here’s a picture of me looking disoriented after walking through one of the crazy illusion tunnels at Ripley’s.

We also visited the Titanic Museum, we were’t able to take pictures inside of the exhibit but I did get this awesome picture of the outside view.

What can I say about the Titanic Museum???? Well as you all know the events that happened were tragic.

The museum lets visitors “passengers” experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic. The museum showcases more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers.

Once my mom and I arrived we received a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. During the self-guided tour we learned what it was like to be on board the ship.

We got to touch a real iceberg, we were able to feel what 28 degree water felt like (I lasted 2 minutes and 34 seconds, the limit was 3 minutes). At the end of the tour we were able to discover our passenger or crew members fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line the historic wall.

Both of our passengers lived, but other visitors weren’t too lucky. 712 passengers survived, while 1496 perished.

If you love history, this is the museum for you. While grateful I was able to experience the museum I also left feeling very sad and emotional.

photo credit: Titanic Museum

photo credit: Titanic Museum

(photo above) My mom and I in front of the Grand Staircase.

After crying my eyes out at the Titanic Museum we went to the Chinese Acrobats show. We were’t allowed to take photos during the show, but I did snap a photo of some of the performers afterwards.

new-shanghai-circus

The Acrobats of China show is located at the New Shanghai Circus Theatre, and it was definitely worth the 10 minutes of getting lost trying to find it (Branson is small so everything is close by).

The show was absolutely fantastic! When I think of acrobats I think of people doing a few tumbles and flips, but this show surpassed my wildest dreams. The way that the performers were able to move, and bend their bodies was unbelievable.

Some of the performances were the Human Strength & Beauty, Plates Spinning, Jar Jugglers (and not just regular jars), Spinning Girls. There was a girl who juggled items with her feet (I mean barrels, and tables). There is so much action in this show I can’t even explain it. You’d have to go to the show to see it for yourself.

This show is a MUST see if you plan on visiting Branson. I’m going to take my nieces and nephew to the show this summer.

A Few of the Acrobats

A Few of the Acrobats

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Titanic Museum, and Acrobats of China show in exchange for my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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  1. April 14, 2014 / 10:25 am

    How fun! I can’t wait to explore Branson! My daughter would love the acrobats!

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