Insider’s Guide to the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum

November 17, 2021

When the “Ship of Dreams” met its tragic fate in 1912, sinking to the bottom of bone-chilling waters after it collided with an iceberg, it left only 712 survivors of 2,208 passengers and crew members.

Climbing the ship's million-dollar Grand Staircase in all its glory and plunging your hand into water as cold as the black ocean waves on that shocking night is the best way to dive into the details behind this harrowing historical event.

Wondering where to sign up? Keep reading, and we'll tell you where to snag your boarding pass.

Once you're ready, grab your bags and climb aboard. Hurry! You won't want to be left in the wake.

We'll take it from here as we tell you everything you need to know to stay the course during your Titanic Museum experience. 

Looking up at the staircase with garland and lights strung all over at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAWhy You Should Go to the Titanic Museum

While it's no secret the Heart of the Ocean necklace, the character Rose adorned in the Titanic movie is fictional -- wait, you didn't know? (So sorry, but we'll make it up to you!)

There are over 400 real artifacts, worth over a whopping $4.5 million, spread throughout 20 different galleries in the museum, just waiting for you to visit.

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If rooms full of precious antiques aren't enough to convince the kids to tag along, don't worry. 

The museum is filled to the brim with interactive exhibits. They'll be begging you to bring them for a chance to: 

  • Steer the captain's wheel like a true sailor
  • Shovel coal in the boiler room
  • Walk through a first-class suite and third-class bunks
  • Touch a real iceberg
  • Send an SOS signal
  • Sit in a lifesize lifeboat
  • Try to balance on sloping decks that imitate the angle of the sinking ship
  • See the world's largest Titanic model that was made using 56,000 LEGO® BRICKS by a 10-year-old boy with autism

Between the artifacts and experiences, you'll gain a new understanding of what the passengers and crew members, as well as Jack and Rose, bravely endured. 

Portraits of the musicians that were on the Titanic on the left and a grand piano on the right at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USATickets to Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum

The captain won't wait for anyone, so make sure you have your boarding pass ready!

Pro Tip: The museum's capacity is reduced due to COVID-19, so grab your tickets ahead of time to guarantee entrance at an exact time.

The magic of the museum is in the thoughtful details. From the get-go, you'll walk into the experience with a little piece of the Titanic in your possession -- your ticket.

The tickets, called boarding passes, aren't just ordinary tickets. Instead, each one tells the story of an actual passenger or crew member that boarded the Titanic.

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The grand finale is at the end of the tour when the walls of the Memorial Room reveal the fate of the person -- whether or not they survived.

Pro Tip: You'll need an e-ticket to get in, so get the ticket ready on your smartphone to show the staff or print it off ahead of time.

Even first-class passengers appreciated a good deal. We offer discounted Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum tickets and special packages to get the most for your money. Bundle your Titanic Museum tickets with one of these exciting nearby attractions:

Close up photo of silver dishes that were on the Titanic at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAWhen To Go To Pigeon Forge

It's time to put in some nautical miles and head to the museum. But when to begin the journey? Consult a star chart, or maybe just your calendar.

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While there's no bad- time to go since the Pigeon Forge Titanic adventure takes place indoors, here are the advantages of going at certain times of the year:

  • Fall: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means a jaw-dropping landscape bursting in vibrant shades is waiting for you after your museum visit if you go this time of year.

Pro Tip: Both active and retired members of the military receive free admission in November.

  • Winter: The Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum goes all out for its Christmas and winter celebration. Dazzling lights and evergreen garlands highlight the Titanic's glowing splendor.

Pro Tip: Once January hits, Pigeon Forge will be in its off-season, so you'll have a better chance at steering clear of big crowds until things start to warm up again in the spring.

  • Spring: The off-season will be finishing up, and Pigeon Forge will gradually start to kick into full gear again. Crowds may still be a little thinner if you're looking to go to outdoor attractions and willing to risk the possibility of a chilly day.
  • Summer: We can't think of any drawbacks to going this time of year. Go wild at every nearby outdoor attraction, like the theme park Dollywood, then use your time at the museum to cool off in the icy air conditioning (or next to a literal iceberg).

The museum almost always opens at 9 a.m., but closing hours vary depending on the day. Take note of this when you're choosing tickets.

Close up photo of an old rocking chair in a glass case at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAInsider's Tips to the Titanic Museum

There are some secrets of the sea that only old salts know. When it comes to the secrets of visiting the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum, we'll let you in on a few.

First of all, you'll need a mask whether you're vaccinated or not. Psst… you can buy a Titanic-themed mask at the museum that can double as a souvenir. 

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Plan to spend about two hours on your tour. You'll have plenty to do and see. Psst… the tour is self-guided, so feel free to meander through at your own pace and soak in every last detail. 

Photos aren't allowed inside the museum. Psst… you can still do it for the 'gram. The building is 30,000 square feet and shaped like the original ship, which makes for some pretty cool pictures. 

Snap a few before or after your tour, and your likes won't have to suffer.

view of water slides outdoors at Country Cascades Waterpark Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAWhere To Stay Near the Titanic

All this sailor talk has probably left you weary for a night of rest more soothing than falling asleep to the lull of the ocean waves on the Titanic. A king-size bed at one of these great hotel and lodging options will make you feel like the king of the world.

The Ramada Pigeon Forge North by Wyndham is less than a mile from the museum and offers all the amenities a first-class passenger could desire.

Slides and swims and splashes, oh my! The Country Cascades Waterpark Resort is a quick drive and will give your kids -- or yourself (we won't judge) -- the chance to get in the water sans a ship. 

The Willow Brook Lodge is a chance to spend some time in the lap of luxury. Traveling between attractions in Pigeon Forge will be a breeze, as it's located in the heart of the city.

Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USAWhat To Eat and Drink

The Titanic had around 60 chefs and five kitchens. This meant there was probably some serious cooking talent aboard to serve the passengers nothing less than the best. Someone tell the Food Network we have a show idea -- the Titanic Table, anyone? 

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Learning about all the ship's galleys will whet your appetite, so grab a bite before you head in for the night. Here are our top picks:

  • You'll get a good dose of Southern hospitality at The Old Mill Restaurant, where you can get a lot of menu items Southern-fried. Talk about finger-lickin' good. 
  • Local Goat is right down the street and boasts the use of many locally-sourced ingredients so you can eat like a native. You'll find New American fare here. The word on the street is that their burgers are all the rage.
  • Leave the kids at the hotel for this one. The Tennessee Shine Company offers drinks in Mason jars for a genuine distillery experience. 

young girl playing on outdoor playground at Treehouse Village at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USAWhere Else To Go in Pigeon Forge

Take a quick look through a nautical telescope from the ship's deck and you'll see there's more to do in the area. Once your Pigeon Forge Titanic experience is complete, you can get a feel for the lay of the land in the rest of Pigeon Forge when you bundle one of these attractions with your Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum tickets:

  • Anakeesta offers a new take on theme parks. Take in breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains as you swing from tree to tree on a zooming zipline, the calmly paced Chondola, or the thrilling mountain coaster.
  • There's no shortage of activities to open your eyes in wonder at WonderWorks. It's filled with new thrills at every corner, like a ropes challenge course, forensic science exhibit, and disaster zone that simulates a natural disaster.
  • Exciting sporting competitions paired with knee-slapping antics create the perfect formula for a roaring good time. Catch all the log rolling, tree climbing, and axe throwing fun at the Lumberjack Feud Show.
  • The Country Tonite show is a one-stop-shop for all the talent you could ask for -- singing, dancing, and comedy. The whole family will enjoy this country music celebration.
exterior view of the titanic museum pigeon forge

Titanic Museum Attraction

Land ho! While our travel guide is about to dock, it's just the beginning of your real adventure at the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum.

Your visit is sure to go down in history as an emotion-evoking, magical experience that pays tribute to times past. We see those stars in your eyes, but whether they're for Kate and Leo or the insatiable nostalgia an incident like the sinking of the Titanic stirs up, we're not sure. Maybe it's both?

Regardless, it's clearly time to do something about it. So get your Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum boarding pass today and head to sea!

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