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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.

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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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from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Gatlinburg
Visit the Strangest Place in Gatlinburg! Experience the Odd & Weird World of Robert L. Ripley, Adventurer and Cartoonist, that inspired the hit TV show! Explore 13 huge galleries, over 500 Unusual and Incredible Artifacts from around the World! Bizarre curiosities, cool interactives and new videos for hours of Family Fun!

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

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

16 Reviews
Alesha W.
West Liberty, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
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"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
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"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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Neketta Pollard
Lucasville, OH
6 Reviews
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"Very interesting"
October, 2015
We enjoyed all the exciting mysteries that we saw and read about. It was what we expected and had a nice, relaxing time away from the busy world outside.
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Tip: Loads of interesting things to read about and a chance to actually take it easy.

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Johnny Portis
Birmingham, AL
3 Reviews
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"Ripley's Museum Adventure"
October, 2015
This place truly was an extremely strange, over the top, but fun place to visit. There were some interesting exhibits to see and read about, but there were also some disturbing things that might not be age appropriate for young children. The scariest thing about this place is that everything that you read about on display was actually real! Believe it or not!
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Tip: You will need to prepare to walk many short stair cases and do a lot reading at the exhibits. I wouldnt reccomend taking really young children.

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Michaela Johnson
Louisville , KY
3 Reviews
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"OK, Not for Kids"
April, 2015
My husband and I saw some interesting items, it wasnt worth the fare. My kids didnt like it not one bit (12,9,7 year olds). We killed some time just not at the price we would have liked. If you have kids I would skip it.
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Tip: if you do go get the combo pass

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dantopper
Houston, Texas
"not bad"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
trypical ripleys odditorium if you like that type of info I definitely recommend it...we had an ok time just not our cup of tea
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WyldOrchid
Atlanta,GA
"Pretty neat "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
We took our boys here to check out all the strange and wonderful articles mr. Ripley acquired all those years and had a great time. Some things might be too scary for the little people to see, so I would not bring babies or toddlers in there. You can get through finishing in about 1.5-2 hours since there's a good bit to see and read. This will be an awesome place to check out for a bit on a stormy or rainy day.
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JACKSON
"Not for Everyone.... but loads of fun can be had here!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
This place is not for everyone. It definitely has funny, weird stuff that is also interesting and usual. There are also a lot of stairs to maneuver around. However, if you want to have fun, be goofy, laugh and just see odd stuff, this is for you. My husband and I went to this museum. Just us. No kids. We laughed like kids and did goofy stuff. (Our kids would be embarrassingly proud) We did the flash photo screen, played operation, did the short and tall mirror and even jumped and dancing in the danced wall room! We had a great couple of hours! A much needed break and the online combo ticket pricing makes this affordable and great to skip the ticket line when you get there.
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TazFam
McFarland, Wisconsin
"Great place if you like wierd stuff but not for me."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2017 NEW
My husband really enjoyed this place but there is a reason they call it an Odditorium. It is chock full of wierd stuff. Human lizard man, shrunken heads, torture devices, a lot of unpleasant things. If you like that kind of stuff you will love it. We had a Ripley's combo ticket which we used so I am glad we didn't pay full price. I personally couldn't wait to get out of there.
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shepnewriver
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
"Interesting and fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2017 NEW
Going through the museum was pretty fun. We enjoyed the interactive parts of the museum and reading the interesting facts. There's a lot of strange, weird and wonderful people in our world. Thanks Mr. Ripley.
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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.