Wondering where you can find Harry Potter's Hogwarts Castle made out of 600,000 matchsticks, or a Mini Cooper car covered with one million Swarovski crystals, or a one ton U.S. Lincoln penny made from 10,000 copper pennies?

Where else but the new "odditorium" attraction at Baltimore's Harborplace.


Ripley's Believe It or Not, one of the first of several new tenants opening for the summer tourist season at the Light Street Pavilion, is welcoming the public for a "soft" opening starting Saturday. A grand opening of the two-story, 10,000-square-foot museum is planned for June 26.

Other new offerings at the waterfront pavilion will include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., McCormick World of Flavors, a remodeled food court and a return of Johnny Rockets restaurant.

Ripley's features nine themed galleries and more than 120 interactive activities.

Some of the notable exhibits include:

-An interactive high wire walking exhibit where visitors can walk on part of the actual wire used by Nik Wallenda during his recent walk at the Inner Harbor.

-A musical stairway to heaven.

-A 10,000 pound granite ball carved with facts (believe them or not) about Baltimore, which floats on a thin layer of water and can be turned by visitors.

-Toothpick City, a gallery of wooden matchstick-constructed skyscrapers and monuments.

And that's not all! Ripley's also has a mirror maze and a 4D movie theater, each of which are considered separate attractions. If that's not enough to pique your interest, consider the art gallery like no other. It features a portrait of Justin Bieber, made out of licorice and gummy bears, and a version of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. That's made from laundry lint.

Single tickets for each attraction are $17.99 for adults and $11.99 for children, with discounted combo tickets for two or all three attractions.