Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum949 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
Ripley's Believe It or Not! It was founded by Robert Ripley, and deals in bizarre events. Most of them are so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. It became so popular that it was adapted into a wide variety of formats like the radio, television, books and museums. Ripley first cartoon feature was called Champs and Chumps, and it premiered in the New York Globe. Ripley began adding items unrelated to sports, and he changed the title to Believe It or Not. There is a wide range of true and unbelievable art, sculpture, photographs, and interactive devices in his collection. Animal oddities, and recycled objects are also there. To be included in books, museums, or television shows, items must undergo scrutiny from Ripley's staff and be 100% authenticated.
Inside the Gatlinburg Museum you find everything from an authentic shrunken head, to the world’s rarest egg. There are two headed animals, spinning tunnel and unique works of art. The Odditorium contains 12 themed galleries, over 500 mind boggling exhibits, oddities and curiosities. The only place in Gatlinburg where you’ll find a 12ft tall Transformer sculpture made of scrap car parts. Another exhibit is an authentic vampire killing kit which is one-of-a-kind artwork. The wicked spinning vortex tunnel will keep you spinning.
The 3D Movie Theatre is a bumpy ride. Strap on your seat belts for this seriously Moving Theatre experience. The digital effects and motions seats will have you feeling like you’re in the movie. Bump, dip, and shake your way through our Rats Race and Winter Wipe-out adventures. At the Haunted Adventure actors lurk behind every corner of this creepy renovated mansion. They welcome you with high pitched horror. Try your luck at putt putt. The mini golf course with the Smokies as a back drop is stunning. Find your way out of the Mirror Maze. Corners, dead ends, and infinite reflections. Touch sharks & stingrays at the Aquarium. Dwell into the world of jellyfish, eels, colourful fish, and poisonous predators.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum Travel Tips
- Pictures are allowed, and we have several great picture opportunities throughout the Odditorium.
- There are various pay parking lots in front of the Odditorium.
- The Odditorium is wheelchair and stroller friendly, with an elevator for guest to use.
- They accept cash, traveller’s checks and all the major cards.
- They host birthday parties as well as weddings and receptions.
- Expectant mothers and people with certain medical conditions should not ride the bumpy rides.
Entrance Ticket Details For Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
- Different shows have different prices.
- They have group discounts and combo packages.
- Blaine's Grill & Bar: American BBQ, Steakhouse
- Five Guys: American
- Dunkin' Donuts: Donuts
- Baskin-Robbins: Ice Cream
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43.14% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
40% of people start their Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum Reviews & Ratings
Great experience, especially for younger kids. We have children around 5 and the size and content were perfect. You can do the whole aquarium in 2 hours if you want, and there are lots of spaces for kids to crawl in and interact. The play area in the middle is great, and the variety is good too. There is a parking deck close by that is between $5-8 depending on how long you stay, and getting a stroller around wasn't too difficult. If you have younger kids and can go on a weekday or in the morning I reccomend it, just so your children can walk around and you feel safe being able to keep eyes on them. What a wonderful trip!
Awesome aquarium! Wide variety of sea life. They have a very long transparent tunnel with a slow "moving sidewalk" that is fabulous. Lots of available information to learn about the sea life as well. We took a little over 2 hours and had a chance to see everything we wanted. Everything from sharks, jellies & rays to sea-horses, electric eels and penguins to view. We had a great time and would definitely recommend!
I love aquarium's to begin with. The day we visited it was pretty quiet and relaxing. There is a huge variety of both fresh and saltwater fish. We took our time and spent several hours there. While we were there the sharks were fed and that was something to see. Anytime we go to Gatlinburg that is one place I must visit!
The aquarium was huge!! We spent hours here and the kids kept finding more to do and look at! We fed the Sting Rays, pretended we were in a submarine, touched horseshoe crabs and moon jellyfish, played in the playground that was inside, and road on the moving walk way under the big tank with all of the fish, sharks, and turtle! It was amazing!! I would recommend this place and come back if we lived closer.
Great place to take the kids..plan on spending at least a couple hours there...the incredible diversity of color and shapes in God's creation of fishes and sea life is absolutely stunning...no way this kind of thing is just happenstance...... check out the tree rings history at the front entrance of the aquarium...... this was cut from a real redwood tree and is on display near the front door...... prices are a little difficult for a family to swing but is worth seeing.... Thanks