3. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Berlin Wall
Originally at Waldemarstrasse in Berlin
Believe it or not, this historic slab of the Berlin Wall is located at Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Times Square. 160 feet of the Berlin Wall was acquired by Ripley’s former Vice President of Exhibits and Archives, Edward Meyer shortly after the wall fell. He was in Berlin when the wall came down and bought the pieces on site. This amounted to 16 ten-foot sections at a total weight of 40,000 pounds.
The Ripley Collection of the Berlin Wall was distributed to their many museums throughout the world. On the company website, Ripley’s explains how the pieces got to the United States: “They had to be moved 200 miles by barge from Berlin to Hamburg, and then shipped via ocean freighter across the Atlantic to New Orleans before being trucked to our headquarters in Orlando. Though we arrived three days after the fall, it took over a year to get the pieces back to America.” The historic slab pictured above, originally located at Waldemarstrasse in Berlin can be found at Ripley’s Times Square location at 234 West 42nd Street.