4 Gatlinburg Museums Worth Visiting

Rainy days don’t have to be a total wash! When staying at White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg, chances are good you’ll be enjoying some outdoor adventure. But if you get a day or two of uncooperative weather, museums can be a great way to spend the day.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium
According to Ripley’s, the Odditorium is the perfect place for a little family “edutainment”. You’ll learn, laugh and the kids will have plenty of interactivity to keep them entertained. It’s three floors with more than 500 exhibits and artifacts. Mexican Vampire Woman? Got it. 12-foot Transformer made from scrap car parts? Yep. Ripley’s has it all from two-headed cows and authentic shrunken heads to strange-but-true facts and life-size interactive games.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum
See the most famous film & TV cars from the Gone in 60 Seconds Mustang to the 1966 Batmobile at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Examine more than 40 iconic vehicles made popular over the past 50 years, displayed with sound, lights and action. Visit the gift shop to get a commemorative in-the-car souvenir photo or take home a die-cast collectible.

Hollywood Wax Museum, Pigeon Forge
Is your family vacation really complete without photos alongside the likes of modern day movie stars like Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt or standing side by side with classic entertainers like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and John Wayne? Make your way to the Hollywood Wax Museum and you’ll have fun posting photos that will fool your friends back home.

Gatlinburg History Museum at Ripley’s Aquarium
In August, 2014, the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau proudly unveiled “Through the Years, Gatlinburg History Museum”, located at the Visitor Center at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza which has been remodeled to house the exhibits. The museum highlights a century of the arts and crafts community in Gatlinburg with a collection of handcrafted items by generations of Gatlinburg families including furniture, fabric and other functional items. 

And when you’re finished at the history museum, you can make a day of it at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, “America’s No. 1 Aquarium”, according to TripAdvisor and the “Top Destination to See Penguins” according to USA Today Travel.

Whether you’re a history buff or just want to soak up some interesting indoor fun, museums can be the perfect supplement to your White Oak Lodge and Resort-Gatlinburg vacation.

Tell us about your favorite Gatlinburg museums!

Photo courtesy of Ripley’s Attractions Tennessee