Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Gatlinburg

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#3 of 10 in Museums in Gatlinburg
From two-headed animals to a Transformer made of used car parts, Ripley's Believe It or Not! justifies its name with more than 500 odd and interesting objects. The items are displayed in 12 themed galleries. Other attractions include an aquarium, a 3-D movie theater, and miniature golf courses. Get a little lost in the mirror maze as you try to find the candy factory in the center. Adults and kids older than six can get a thrill at the haunted house, staffed with live actors. Combination tickets offer a discount. Plan a Gatlinburg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Our resort had a free pass for us to attend. Of course it was a kick to it.....only one ticket. Our teen age son took a stroll. The gentlemen stated it would take him 2 hours. Well, 45 minutes top for...  more »
  • We were excited more for just being together in Gatlinburg. Place was great, but not as big as expected. Expensive, but of course everything is in Gatlinburg.  more »
  • Kid and stroller friendly! Lots of neat things to see and do! Elevator was essential having a stroller with us!  more »
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  • Interesting stuff, plenty to see. Very much a "reading" museum, as each exhibit has signage, which I'm fine with. Kids will love the exhibit, parents will enjoy the story. Only downside is that nothing is ever updated, so if you've been there once there's no need to ever go back. Oh, and don't make faces in the mirror; you've been warned. ;-)
  • This place is a ton of fun and very interesting for adults and children alike! There are even some scary parts. There are so many oddities. Some of them are hard to believe. We got tickets for this as part of a package deal for Ripley's Aquarium. It's relatively inexpensive if you bundle multiple attractions together.
  • Our family thoroughly enjoyed our visit here! The exhibits were very interesting. If you get a chance, let the Magic Hat give you your fortune...It only costs a dollar. 😁 Also, the Odditorium gives military discounts if you have your ID. 👍 I included a few pictures from our visit.
  • It was fun, my kids liked it. It wasn't really worth the price is the only problem. But we enjoyed ourselves. It takes a little over an hour to get through I would say. A lot of it is just pictures and stuff on the wall but there are some fun interactive things you can do as well.
  • Very upset that there was no notice, at all online, whatsoever that this was closed for renovations when we purchased our Aquarium (which was absolutely fantastic) + 2 package. We had little ones so we were planning our day trip from Pigeon Forge based on age appropriate activities. No one mentioned that this location was not open. We littlerly walked up to a closed building with renovation signs on the door? Bad communication for such a large entertainment business.

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