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

800 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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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.


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! 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
Verified Traveler
"Pretty fun"
August, 2016
I was pretty impressed. Exhibits were fun and my kids really enjoyed it.
Tip: Bring strollers.

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Anita S.
Frankfort, KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Nancy S
Buckley, Illinois
"Interesting displays throughout."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
There are a lot of stairs but if you can handle the stairs, it is very interesting. It will probably take about 1-2 hours to go through.
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
"not worth it with teenagers"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
as a family with a 16 y/o and a 14/yo i would say dont bother. the only exciting bit was the 'black hole' the rest was pretty tired and some artifacts felt fake. the initial layout was poor as there was a huge queue to get to the lifts before we even entered the attraction. the mirror maze was a disappointment because the mirrors were dirty and the amount of people let in at once makes the path predictable- probably would have been much more magical with younger children. Madame Tussauds had the right idea by revamping and modernising the attraction, Ripleys felt old and used. refurbishments would make the whole experience more pleasant.
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"Interesting but Outdated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2016 NEW
This was a fun time and there are lots of interesting things to look at, but the inside displays are very outdated. Our 3 year old was pretty intimidated by a lot of the stuff so we didn't stay too long.
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Nancy D
Charleston, South Carolina
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2016 NEW
We visited with a party of various ages (from 6 years old to 56 years old) and everyone loved this attraction. Even our son who is a number theorist had a great time here, and he's easily bored by anything not related to mathematics. There is something for everyone!
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Marie T
Dublin, Georgia
"Very interesting."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2016 NEW
My son and I did play the scavenger hunt. It helped us slow down and actually pay attention to everything. There are a lot of weird things to see. There are a lot of stairs.

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.