Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Gatlinburg, TN

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Overview

Guests of Ripley’s® Believe It or Not! Odditorium can explore the venue’s fascinating 12,500-square-foot museum, showcasing 13 huge galleries with more than 500 bizarre artifacts from around the globe. From an eight-legged buffalo and a shrunken human head, to a two-headed calf and more, this strange and intriguing attraction is ideal for visitors of all ages to experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Third floor recently renovated to add more interactive attractions.
  • Plan 1.5 hours for tours.
  • Located in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Features over 500 unusual and incredible artifacts from around the world in hands-on interactive exhibits.
  • Closed from December 4, 2017 to Memorial Day Weekend 2018 for upgrades.

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Joan B.

Many bizarre items, unique art pieces, games and interactive displays. Take time to read the informative placards with each exhibit. Great indoor family fun, especially on a rainy or hot afternoon. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb a few stairs.

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Description

from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Gatlinburg
A Must See for All! The All-New Ripley's Believe It or Not! is now open and back better (and stranger) than ever! See the weirdest and most remarkable items from around the world guaranteed to entertain and fascinate the entire family. The new renovation presents the adventurous spirit of Robert Ripley who traveled to over 200 countries to search for the odd and unusual. Full of unique exhibits, fun interactives, crazy art, incredible people, animals, and creatures plus much more. On the Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg, just before traffic light #8.

Things you will see on your journey through the Odditorium include:
• Harry Potter Inspired Dragon made of recycled materials and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry made from 602,000 matchsticks.
• A Crystal Mini Cooper
• A Two-Trucked African Elephant which had 2 fully developed useable trunks, Rare Albino Giraffe and many other unique animals from around the world.
• A Tribute Gallery to the Great Smoky Mountains featuring exhibits on Synchronized Fireflies, the Tallest Underground Waterfall and so much more.
• Ripley’s Warehouse featuring Megalodon Submarine Robot and Ancient Egyptian Mummy 2000 BC.
• Faraday Cage that features a Tesla Coil that emits lightning.
• Ripley’s Jungle featuring an Unusual Collections including a Shrunken Torso, Shrunken Heads, Instruments, Tribal Mask Collection plus amazing interactives
• Short T. Dangerously lost both of his legs at 2 years old, but he travels the world wowing audiences with acrobatic feats, performing handstands on bowling balls, and walking on fiery glass with his hands!
• Wadlow, the Tallest Man; Lucia Zarate, the Smallest Woman of All Time; Chamouni, the Incombustible Man plus many other amazing people from around the world.
• Unusual Art made from anything such as spices, Tennessee barbeque sauce, shotgun shells, license plates, many recycled materials plus more.
• Various Interactives that will excite and entertain throughout including Kaleidoscope Room, Optical Illusion Room, Rainbow Shadows, To the Moon and Back and more.

Located on the Parkway, just before traffic light #8.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

19 Reviews
Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer
Johnson city , TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
November, 2018
The Ripley's in Gatlinburg has been completely redone. Almost everything is new and they have some local exhibits. I spent hours in there and I loved it.
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Tip: It takes time to see everything.

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Elizabeth Zook
Madison, TN
3 Reviews
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"Fun place"
October, 2018
Loved the visit but wish they had a gift shop, wanted a magnet (I love magnets)
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Tip: Many unique things to see

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Susan Everett
Madisonville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Short vacation"
August, 2018
I took my 8 year old granddaughter. She didn't seem excited to go but once we were there she was interested in many of the exhibits. She took lots of photos with her phone to show when she got home and had a fun time.
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Tip: There is public parking behind the attraction and across the street. You can pay for the day and walk the main attraction area.

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Alesha W.
West Liberty, KY
3 Reviews
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"Pretty fun"
August, 2016
I was pretty impressed. Exhibits were fun and my kids really enjoyed it.
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Tip: Bring strollers.

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Anita S.
Frankfort, KY
3 Reviews
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"Family Fun"
July, 2016
The last time we visited our kids were 2 and 3, now 8 and 9. They had a blast. Only trouble we had was waiting on a manager to process our vouchers.
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Sherri Mae
Lumberton, MS
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Loved it"
March, 2016
My son, 17, is still talking about this place. That makes my heart smile :) I was able to get several pictures and will try to share some. This was a very interesting tour. We booked it on a rainy day so that we would be inside and it was perfect because we spent a couple hours at least. The museum exit brings you into an arcade so that is even more fun for the kids.
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Tip: make sure you're ready to spend money at the arcade :)

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Janeen S.
Tuttle, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Interesting to say the least"
October, 2015
We had to cancel one of our reservation and had a credit it use so we choose the Ripley's Believe It or Not. It was very interesting and entertaining. I would recommend this for all ages. There's a couple of rooms of interactive stuff, fun for kids and adults.
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Tip: Take your time and enjoy. Believe It or Not! It was fun.

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Starr Phoenix
Lexington, KY
1 Review
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"Good for kids"
October, 2015
I found Ripleys a little faded and worn. The interactive exhibits (shadow wall and games room) were the most fun. But mostly I was bored and underwhelmed. As a kid, this place was cool. But I think it needs a facelift in order to be relevant and competitive w the more modern attractions.
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Tip: If you're afraid of the dark there are some areas you won't enjoy in this exhibit.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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TNAmberMI
"kids enjoyed it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
This is definately something you should do once. More than that would probably be too much! kids from 3 and up would enjoy it.
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stevedI2025FO
"Interesting but pricey"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2018 NEW
My kids wanted to see this due to the interesting building. I paid $127 for all 5 of us with the coupon. I came out feeling like this was a bit overpriced for what you get. My kids did enjoy the venue.
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tkmull
Athens, Georgia
"o.k."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2018 NEW
We had a sweetjack deal for the Aquarium and 2 other Ripleys attractions. We choose this and putt-putt. The museum was o.k., it has some interesting stuff in there and then some things no so interesting too. There are more iterative things than before which is good for the kids. My daughter loved to dance in front of the motion mirrors. There were a few things like the shrunken heads I could have done without.
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nkraft93
Bloomington, Illinois
"Short but interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2018 NEW
We went here as an add-on ticket for the aquarium. Interesting thing to walk through with some cool interactive exhibits, but definitely not worth the full admission price. Took roughly an hour to walk through. Recommend only if in addition to aquarium
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249cheynet
"Not worth the money "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
For $25 per person, I expected much more than 75 minutes of mildly interesting facts and a few real “believe it or not” pieces. I thought it would be full of the type of exhibits seen in lobby area. It’s well done after the refurbishment but not worth the high cost of admission.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Gatlinburg

What can I find inside?
Inside the Gatlinburg Museum you find everything from an authentic shrunken head, to the world’s rarest egg, two headed animals, spinning tunnel and unique works of art. The Odditorium consist of 12 themed galleries containing over 500 mind boggling exhibits, oddities and curiosities.

How long does it take to tour the Odditorium?
Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour (or longer) to tour the Odditorium.

May I take pictures?
Yes, Pictures are allowed, and Ripley's has several great picture opportunities throughout the Odditorium, including a Transformer made of used car parts, the Fattest Man, a Giant Tire, Robert Wadlow the Tallest Man, and Cinderella Chair.

Where can I park?
There are various pay parking lots in front of the Odditorium as well as on either side street beside the Odditorium.

Is the Odditorium wheelchair accessible?
The Odditorium is wheelchair and stroller friendly, with an elevator for guest to use.

What are the hours of operation?
The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Please note that Ripley's Believe it or Not! is closed until Memorial Day Weekend 2018 for upgrades.