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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Located in downtown Gatlinburg, you can't miss Ripley's three-story building that looks like it's beginning to crumble! Inside, there are over 500 of the world's strangest artifacts spread over dozens of exhibits. These unusual displays attract millions of visitors each year! Don't miss your chance to explore this unbelievable museum. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium is fun for the whole family!

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from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • 16 themed galleries with over 500 incredible artifacts, exhibits, and more.
  • Great photo opportunities.
  • Family friendly.
  • Hands-on interactive exhibits.
  • Located in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Self-guided tour takes about 1.5 hours.
  • Wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant.

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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! 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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

24 Reviews
Tripster Customer
WINSLOW, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Helpful staff, cool place!"
June 2019
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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C S
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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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Tripster 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
Verified Traveler
"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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jlgourley
Nashville, Tennessee
"Surprisingly good find on the strip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
We were pleasantly surprised by Ripley's! It is a great museum with quality exhibits - a hidden gem on the strip. A must-see for adults and children alike.
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726brentc
Tupelo, Mississippi
"Well with the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2020
Fascinating! We had a great time with our 3 granddaughters! They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We should have done more Ripley things. Very intriguing inside.
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corumgold
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"More Fun for Kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2020
We enjoyed our visit to the museum, and there was definitely some cool stuff, but it’s clear that it caters to people with children, which is understandable!
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April42262
Oak Grove, Kentucky
"Ripley's"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2020
My husband and I really enjoyed our trip to Ripley, we learned a lot but laughed a lot too. I would definitely recommend going!
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Vannahlynn92
"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2020
The new renovation was awesome! It’s always a fun time at Ripleys, believe it or not! I give it 5 stars but my only complaint is no hand sanitizer, everything is hands on!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Gatlinburg

What are the hours of operation?
Sunday-Thursday | 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
Friday-Saturday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM (midnight).

What can I find inside?
The Odditorium features over 500 mind-boggling exhibits, oddities, and curiosities, including:

  • 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 two fully developed usable 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 two 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.
How long does it take to tour the Odditorium?
Visitors spend an average of 1.5 hours at this attraction.

Is there an elevator? 
Yes.

May I take pictures?
Yes, there are many great photo opportunities throughout the Odditorium.

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.