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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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"always a winner"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2017 NEW
We have visited the ripleys museum in other places and this one was as fun as the rest of them. Always cool to be able to go thru at your own pace and see really neat weird unique stuff.
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Nashville, TN
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
Stale and boring exhibits Not worth the money. They exhibits are the same that have been there for the last 30 years.
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Hendersonville, Tennessee
"Very nice stop for the family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017 NEW
Great exhibits overall. Don't miss this, especially if you have school-age children. Tickets for this and several other Ripley's attractions can be purchased online at a good per-person discount. The online link you receive will present bar codes on your smartphone that enable self-scanning at attraction entrances - bypassing long ticket lines.
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Henderson, Kentucky
"Pricy but kids like it"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2017 NEW
Like the title said it’s pricy but our kids really liked it.. my wife and I found it interesting but maybe not as much as the price we paid.. it’s like $20 a person to go in so if you have a big family I’d think about something else first but if not this may be a good idea for you..
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"Intersting Museum That's a Little Out of the Ordinary"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2017 NEW
This is definitely an interesting place to visit and if you've never been to an Odditorium, you should go at least once in your life. I would call this a museum with a just a little fun house thrown in. There are things inside that might make you cringe a little (not like a haunted house), things that will make you laugh, things that will make you wonder and things you will just find interesting. I'd recommend it for all ages. Plan on spending at least an hour, but you could spend much more time. Here are two things to keep in mind. First, the single ticket price is on the high side. For a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) you'll be looking at about $60 total. However, Ripley's has many other attractions in town and they know how to market. So if you think you will go to any of their other attractions (such as the Aquarium of the Smokies or the Moving Theater) it is a much better deal to bundle the tickets. Check out their website to see current promotions, but they generally offer substantial discounts depending on the bundle you buy. The Ultimate Pass is the best deal in my opinion as it affords unlimited visits to all Ripley's attractions. There are also any number of coupon books available all around Gatlinburg and in most hotels. Secondly, parents should be aware that the museum exits in the Ripley's Super Fun Zone Arcade next door. If you have children, you need to know this beforehand for obvious reasons. Like I said, Ripley's knows how to market. I would certainly recommend a visit to the museum, but as someone that has been visiting Gatlinburg for 40+ years, take advantage of the discounts to get the most out of your money.
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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.