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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Overview

Guests of Ripley’s® Believe It or Not! Museum can explore the venue’s fascinating 12,500-square-foot Odditorium, 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.
  • Discount Ripley's combo tickets available.
  • Plan 1.5 hours for tours.
  • Located in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Over 500 unusual and incredible artifacts from around the world.
  • Hands-on interactive exhibits.
  • 12ft tall Transformer sculpture.
  • Authentic vampire killing kit.
  • Spinning vortex tunnel.

Description

from Ripley's Believe It or Not
Visit the Strangest Place in Gatlinburg! Experience the Odd & Weird World of Robert L. Ripley, Adventurer and Cartoonist, that inspired the hit TV show! Internationally Famous!

Explore 13 huge galleries with over 500 Unusual and Incredible Artifacts from around the World! Bizarre curiosities, cool interactives and new videos for hours of Family Fun! Why Just Say It, See It!

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

15 Reviews sorted by:
Anita S.
Frankfort, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Family Fun"
July, 2016 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: make sure you're ready to spend money at the arcade :)

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Janeen S.
Tuttle, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: Take your time and enjoy. Believe It or Not! It was fun.

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Starr Phoenix
Lexington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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
Verified Traveler
"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.
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
Verified Traveler
"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!
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
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: if you do go get the combo pass

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tom kelley
winchester, TN
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"ripleys"
April, 2015
Museum was interesting / crowded at spots / stairs to go up.
Was upset when presenting pre-purchased ticket & was told I had to go to aquarium to get official ticket to go in.
Had to wait for manager to override & let us in.
Tip: Takes awile but is interesting

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Dominique Stitt
Birmingham, AL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"An amazing place"
April, 2015
This place was sooooooooooo interesting & amazing that me & my daughter really enjoyed ourselves. Some of it is very odd & hard to believe but cool.
Tip: Wear tennis shoes & dress comfortable.

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Patricia Streich
Nesbit, MS
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Believe It"
March, 2015
Many, many interesting facts on display. Some of them grossed me out!! Seemed to really need a "face-lift".

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Nichole Gilliam
Vanceburg , KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Interesting"
March, 2015
I really enjoyed the ripley's believe it or not museum. It had a lot of different and interesting things. My only issue was that it was super crowded and I couldn't really take the time to look at everything as much as I would have liked.
Tip: The first time we tried to go in the employee behind the counter said that he could not take our reserve gatlinburg e-tickets, the second employee we spoke to said yes they could take them and let us in.

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Karie F.
Nashville, TN
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's Believe It or Nott"
June, 2015
It was so cool and very interesting, it was a good day to go when we went it was a rainy day.

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Elaine Barrett
Grovetown, GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun place."
February, 2015
This place is full of odd and neat things. Our kids are ages 6, 8, and 12 and they all seemed to enjoy it!
Tip: It's a little smaller than I expected. Completed in about an hour.

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Dana Brown
mount Juliet, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wow we had so much fun!!!1"
January, 2015
I love my time spent at this museum, me and my kids was able to make wax hands and play the attractions

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franklin flowers
Lawrenceburg, KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Family trip to Gatlinburg"
January, 2015
Fun to see with the children. Purchasing with the package made it affordable to visit all the Ripley attractions

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Lori T
"Wow"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2016 NEW
Someone put a lot of thought into this place. The tunnel under the water was fantastic. This is a great place to bring the kids or like us, enjoy several hours of exploration. Well worth the money. There's other activities besides ocean life. Don't miss out on this if your in the area.
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cyndeeb
Lowell, Michigan
"Grandkids loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2016 NEW
My daughter took her two girls, 5 and 7, said some of it was kind of scary, like the bone crushing, but they raved about it said it was cool and wanted to go back
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RNmama09
"Children need to be of reading age."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2016 NEW
We took our 4 year old and 11 year old through this museum. Our 11 year old loved it but our youngest not so much. They have very stange and neat things but one must be able to read what each object is... or you could spend 10 mins reading each object to a child. (Too much reading outloud for me) We read some of the cooler things outloud. They did have a shadow wall that the children found amusing. They also had a spot to make wax hands for $7.99. All in all it was neat but not so mucb for the little ones.
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ga2rwayne
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
"You won't believe it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2016 NEW
The museum is a collection of unique items and photographs of unique individuals. Children and teenagers seem to be the most excited by the museum exhibits. If you enjoy looking at strange and different things or photographs of unique people doing unique things then perhaps this experience is for you. You will not find your normal museum experience and for those of a more serious nature this may not be the museum for you. It's not a bad way to spend a couple of hours just so you can say you've been there however it is not the type of place you would want to go to multiple times. As for me I am definitely not believing it.
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CarlaAquarius
Cincinnati, Ohio
"My son really enjoyed it"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 27, 2016 NEW
You don't know what to expect when entering which makes it interesting. My s11 year old son love's science. He took the time to thoroughly read information provided. I would rather look at the exhibits and keep it moving. They have a few hidden tricks I won't reveal that had me laughing for awhile. It was lots of fun.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Believe It or Not

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.