Robert L. Ripley was an internationally famous artist, writer, radio personality, movie maker, and world explorer.
Mr. Ripley visited over 200 countries, and during his travels amassed an eclectic collection of artifacts, curiosities and oddities that have continued to amaze the world for over 50 years after his death.
Mr. Ripley was a frequent visitor to St. Augustine and often mentioned Castle Warden as the ideal venue to display his collection to the world.
On December 9, 1950, a year and a half after his passing, his dream was fulfilled and the original Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum opened at this location.