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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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
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.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

17 Reviews
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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Alesha W.
West Liberty, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Spacekadet21
"Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2018 NEW
We’ve been here a few times and we’re disappointed on last visit.We feel with last change, it has changed for the worse, especially for cost.
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ChasBravo
Cleveland, Ohio
"Really interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed checking out the exhibits. There was a lot of interactive exhibitions to see. We were really impressed.
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bethany s
"Cool Museum, overpriced"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2018 NEW
The museum was cool, alot of thibgs packed in. I would recommend a visit if it were a reasonable price but it was $50 for my husband and I and took maybe 2 hrs. Definitely check it put if you have money to burn.
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Experience194496
Youngstown, Ohio
"Gotta Go"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2018 NEW
It was intresting. but confusing, turns out we missed alot of the museum beacuse so much of it is not clearly marked. No signs telling you clearly were to go you just wonder around on your own. There really should be people placed along the path just to help out . The Restrooms were not clearly marked and unless you saw them when you were wondering around you would not find them. Noone to help , no signs to tell you were they are.
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Backincincy
Lebanon, Ohio
"Interesting!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2018 NEW
This was such a fun place to go with the kids. They were amazed that all the different was "real"!! We laughed and explored for about 2 hours. A bit pricey, but expected, because of the whole tourist aspect. If you have a few hours to spare, or it's a rainy afternoon, I would highly suggest!
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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.