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.
  • Closed from December 4, 2017 to Memorial Day Weekend 2018 for upgrades.

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Insights from Reserve Direct'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.

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Description

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.

Please Note:
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium is currently closed for renovations and is expected to reopen Memorial Day weekend 2018.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

16 Reviews
Alesha W.
West Liberty, KY
3 Reviews
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"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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AmandaFreemon26
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
"Amazing fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
This place is fun for all ages.it has so many interesting things to do for everyone. You have games and a lot learning* inside this place.
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scottaC4218ND
Ottumwa, Iowa
"Amazing, unbelievable, entertaining!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Ok, this attraction was closed for renovations, but I have toured it in 2017 and found it to be entertaining. The entertainment value is good - a lot of things to see and hear for the money. I think it took us - family of 7 - about 45 minutes to go through the entire exhibit. I found it worth the money to see - can't wait for it to re-open after the renovation - I will definitely go back to see what is new!
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AppalachianWanderers
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Dated museum but fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2018 NEW
*** WARNING *** This attraction is currently closed until March or April for a full renovation. When we went to this attraction last, it was the same artifacts that have been there for 20+ years. The great news we received was that the place was shutting down in December to go through a complete renovation. We recommend this location for all ages.
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surfgermany
Newport, Tennessee
"closed for Reno till march i think it said"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2018 NEW
It was Tennessee 5 dollar days at Ripley gatlinburg attractions so we where going to do a couple that we had not done yet and this was one but as you get there you see the work in progress so it will reopen before the season but is closed now.
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Dandy F
Ocala, Florida
"10:30"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2018
It stunk pure and simple. St.Augustine is better then this on on the sstrip of Gatlinburg tn. It was just so small and boring.
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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.