Ripley's Believe It or NOT! Museum
There is always something strange going on in downtown Gatlinburg and on any given day, there’s a good chance it’s taking place at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium. This Ripleys museum of the strange and unusual is located on the corner of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail near the Space Needle.
As they like to claim, this bizarre museum of the bizarre has been proudly freaking families out for more than 90 years. Based on the cartoon strip and radio program of early 20th century adventurer, Robert Ripley, this longtime Gatlinburg attraction takes you into a world of real-life oddities and amazing feats.
The exhibits—which consist of real-life artifacts, replicas, photos, video footage, hands-on activities and more—include an eight-legged buffalo, a two-headed calf, a shrunken human head and story after story of record-breaking people and objects.
Even standing outside the museum, you’ll get a taste of what’s in store on the inside: A large granite sphere floats effortlessly on water, while the facade of the attraction makes it appear that it has suffered some serious earthquake damage.
However, all is well inside the three-story museum, which offers guests a self-guided tour that can take as little as 45 minutes or as long as one cares to spend exploring every nook and cranny. There are more than 500 exhibits overall, so you could easily hang out for hours there if you have the time.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium is open year ‘round, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Other local Ripley attractions include a world-class aquarium, a 3D moving theater, a haunted adventure, a mirror maze, multiple mini golf courses and the Guinness World Records museum.
When you visit Gatlinburg and the Smokies, we hope that you’ll consider contacting Heartland Rentals when it comes to booking your lodging. Our affordable cabins in Gatlinburg TN come in a wide range of sizes designed to accommodate any size party, and our luxury amenities will make your stay a home away from home.
Ripley's Gatlinburg attractions offer fun for the entire family! Attraction passes are available and offer 2, 3 or all of Ripleys locations including the Aquarium of the Smokies, Believe It or Not! Museum, Amazing Mirror Maze, Candy Factory, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Davy Crockett Mini Golf, Old MacDonald's MiniGolf (in Sevierville), Ripley's Moving Theater, and Guinness World Records Museum. You may purchase tickets online, but remember that Heartland Rentals gives you 1 Free aquarium ticket with each paid night of your stay. Have a great time enjoying all Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg!