Touch Legendary Fertility Status in Myrtle Beach at Ripley's!

The Legendary Fertility Statues that have been credited with helping thousands of happy couples get pregnant have arrived at the Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Believe It or Not! These powerful statues are on display now and free for guests to see and touch.

While admission is required for entrance to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and other attractions, the Fertility Statues have been positioned in the lobby allowing free access for those who wish to touch the legendary works of art.

Ripley’s acquired the statues in 1993. The statues are made from ebony wood and were hand-carved by craftsman of the Baulé tribesman of the West African nation of Cote D’Ivoire in the 1930s. They stand five feet tall and weigh over 70 pounds each.  


According to tribal legend, to ensure a couple’s fertility, the statues should be placed on both sides of the doorway leading into the bedroom. If a woman or her spouse touches either statue as they enter the room, they will soon get pregnant. 

While Ripley’s cannot loan the statues to prospective parents for their bedrooms, the power of the statues is still strong. Thousands of women have written to Ripley’s claiming that after years of trying to conceive, one rub of the statues soon brought a bundle of joy.  


When Ripley’s first received the statues in 1993, they were displayed at their headquarters. A few months later, Ripley’s experienced a baby boom! Six employees became pregnant after touching the statues, and word started to spread. Women were requesting to visit the office just to touch the statues. 

Over the years, Ripley’s has received countless messages from couples. Here are a few of their very personal stories: 

VICTORIA I came to see the statues in London in November, and although it is in its early days, I am pregnant! 

MELISSA I had been unsuccessful for a few months trying to get pregnant through fertility treatments. I went on a two-week European vacation. Our last stop was London to touch the fertility statues. A few weeks later I returned to the States, and my next treatment was successful! We had a baby girl in March! 

LAUREN We had a long road trying to get pregnant. I went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and rubbed both statues, and within 48 hours we learned we were pregnant. 

SAMANTHA We were trying for about two years, and the doctors told us they didn’t think it would be possible for us to have children. The statues were something that we thought “Why not give it a try?” So we did, and here she is, and I would touch them again. 


Take advantage of the opportunity to see Ripley’s most popular traveling exhibit before it’s too late. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Myrtle Beach is located at 901 N. Ocean Blvd at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and 9th Avenue. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, as well as Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Mirror Maze and Ripley’s Super Fun Zone, are open 7 days a week. See the website for attraction hours. And if you don’t want a baby? Well, we suggest you steer clear of those statues when you walk through the lobby.


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