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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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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.

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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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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.

Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

24 Reviews
Gatlinburg Customer
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Helpful staff, cool place!"
June 2019 NEW
We had purchased our tickets online and the staff was very friendly and helpful with fixing an issue. We loved the kaleidoscope room! Neat artifacts and cool facts throughout the whole building. Take the time to read about everything and do the little experiments, it is worth it.
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Tip: Kaleidoscope room.

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1 Review
"Good for small children."
April 2019
Not at all what I expected. Mostly video and kid friendly props. Not very organized, just a bunch of mostly home made looking props with a few artifacts thrown in.
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David Gulley
Marion, IN
1 Review
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"Very Pleased Traveler"
April 2019
Great web site for reservations. Reserve Direct has the best offers online. I did my research and I will be back. Thank you so much for making my vacation easier with more money in my pocket.
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Tip: If you want to save time and money this is the site to choose.

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Kimberly Hild
Huber heights, OH
2 Reviews
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"Great for kids!"
April 2019
Took my twin 7 year olds- expected to get through quickly like other things in the area, but they loved it and were entertained the whole time! Loved that the souvenir books were only $1.
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Tip: There are several floors and stairs to go on- but wasn’t bad. Allow plenty of time for the kids to play in the interactive section.

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jessica soliman
Johnson City, TN
2 Reviews
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"Fun !!!"
January 2019
The new renovations it great. I walked up and was amazed by the look. Had lots of fun there.
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Tip: Have time to go look at everything !!

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Gatlinburg 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Galesburg, Illinois
"The shrunken heads at the beginning are creepy"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
Other than the heads and the things in the first room, I enjoyed this museum a lot. Thought many of the things were interesting, especially the exhibit about the bell curve. Don't know why I found that fascinating. We bought tickets to everything the Ripley's had to go to some of the other things and did this last but enjoyed it.
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Jennifer P
Campbell, Missouri
"Been There Done That"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2019 NEW
My family and I have visited the Ripley’s museum in Branson on several different occasions but wanted to visit the one in Gatlinburg as well. My family seemed to enjoy it much more than I did, but I was not at all impressed and think it is definitely not worth the money if you have already been to a Ripley’s Believe It or Not. If you have never been to one, I do recommend going at least once.
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Ellenboro, North Carolina
"Entertaining place "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2019 NEW
Spent about 2 hours in here on a Monday. Place had a lot of people in it but didn’t feel overly crowded. Lots of cool stuff. Definitely worth going to at least once. Parking lot across street is $10.
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Lewisburg, Kentucky
"Why not"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2019 NEW
We had a good time. Some areas were super crowded in a tight space. Thought there would be more exhibits but we still had a good time.
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John P
Mint Hill, North Carolina
"Very Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 17, 2019 NEW
I hadn't been to one of these in a long time. My wife and her sister enjoyed their first time going through the exhibits.
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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.