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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
View on Map
Starting at
$24.99 $20.99
You Save: $4.00
INSTANT CONFIRMATION

Overview

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!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly.
  • There is an elevator.
  • Great photo opportunities!
  • Hands-on interactive exhibits!
  • Located in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Visitors spend an average of 1.5 hours at this attraction.
  • Over 500 unusual and incredible artifacts from around the world!

Discover More With Us

Insights from Tripster's own team members

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.

View my photos

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.

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.
Read More
Tip: Kaleidoscope room.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: If you want to save time and money this is the site to choose.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: It takes time to see everything.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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)
Read More
Tip: Many unique things to see

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: There is public parking behind the attraction and across the street. You can pay for the day and walk the main attraction area.

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
2749deb
"Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
Informational but price was a little bit high for me for the type of of exhibit that it was walk thru type exhibit
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
geojohn21
Fort Mill, South Carolina
"Not worth the money spend"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
My kdis had hopes of seeing some noice things inside but was disappointed with the same. The ticket price is exhobrantly more for the amoutn of things to see inside. I say may be ticket price of $10 for adults and $6 for kids will be a good money spend for the time and things inside.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Greg1206
Fort Payne, Alabama
"Ripleys Believe It or Not Gatlinburg Tn"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
This attraction was a huge disappointment... It was purchased as part of a ticket deal with the Gatlinburg Sky Lift but it was certainly not worth the admission to it...More carnival type games than anything else..Left before making it all the way thru so dont waste your money
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Brittanydockery2011
"Loosing"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2019 NEW
This is my 4th trip to this museum, all different themes. Each time it seems to be more and more boring. We enjoyed going through the exhibits, however; It seemed more like the wonder works house than the ripleys museum. The designers are loosing focus with each change.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
T1488PGsuea
Richland, South Carolina
"Good time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2019 NEW
Spent about two and a half hours there. Many interactive things to do. Enjoyed the mirrors and the crime scene. Got a good picture of my granddaughters and I behind bars. Lot of fun.
Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium 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.