Marilyn Monroe-themed events coming to Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum

Museum celebrates Marilyn Monroe with contest free movie night

By Julianna Musumeci - Digital Intern

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando’s Ripley Believe It or Not museum will host a series of events inspired by iconic Hollywood figure Marilyn Monroe. The museum recently set the Guinness World Record after purchasing “the most expensive dress” at an auction, worn Monroe for nearly $5 million. The sparkly dress made its debut in 1962 at Madison Square Garden, where she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to the President John F. Kennedy. The historic dress is on display until January. 

Ripley’s Believe or It Not will have a free Monroe movie night on Dec. 2. The museum will show “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” where Monroe plays a showgirl engaged to a wealthy man. The movie is expected to start at 7 p.m. 

On Dec. 9, Ripley’s Believe It or Not will host a Monroe look-alike contest. Contestants will be judged based on presentation, attire, personality and audience response. Contestants will also be required to sing or lip-sync Monroe’s songs, walk on the runway and participate in Q&As. The grand prize includes $500 cash, lifetime passes for Ripley’s Attractions, $100 of Ripley’s merchandise and a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Clearwater Beach. 

For more information on the contest and tickets, visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not website

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