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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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

20 Reviews
jessica soliman
Johnson City, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun !!!"
January, 2019
The new renovations it great. I walked up and was amazed by the look. Had lots of fun there.
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Tip: Have time to go look at everything !!

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Johnson city , TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
November, 2018
The Ripley's in Gatlinburg has been completely redone. Almost everything is new and they have some local exhibits. I spent hours in there and I loved it.
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Tip: It takes time to see everything.

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Elizabeth Zook
Madison, TN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun place"
October, 2018
Loved the visit but wish they had a gift shop, wanted a magnet (I love magnets)
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Tip: Many unique things to see

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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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DeannaG658
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
"Not worth the money."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
It's probably fun for kids. It had some cool stuff but it was a little bit boring and way over priced.
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151leas
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Fun without the kids too!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2019 NEW
We have been a million times but always with the kids. Was fun to walk through without them and see a different view
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shawns321
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Not Worth It"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2019 NEW
Definitely not worth general admission. I guess it’s a little better if you do a package deal. Overall it’s a ok attraction but I wouldn’t do it again.
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Wendy R
"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2019 NEW
This place has some of the most interesting things. The new updates to the building are awesome as well. Everyone should visit this place at least once. If you visit once you will want to go again, but realize when you go you will be there a long time to see everything. It's so much fun and I recommend it to all of my friends and family who come to the Great Smoky Mountains.
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corderojosem
Florida
"Nice place to visit with kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2019 NEW
Weird but we had a lot of fun. The entrance view from the street is awesome. We like it. I was in Ripleys in Orlando and canada and this one was cool. Veru good!
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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.