The Gatlinburg Museum is home to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, where “truth is stranger than fiction.” The museum boasts a collection of bizarre artifacts from all over the world spread over three floors, 16 galleries and 12,500 square feet. Visitors will find everything from an authentic shrunken head to the world’s rarest egg, two-headed animals, a spinning vortex tunnel and other unique works of art. See a 12-foot Transformer statue created from scrap metal parts, or view the authentic 19th-century vampire killing kit. There are over 500 exhibits, artworks and interactive displays that celebrate the strange and exotic.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is located at 88 River Road in Gatlinburg. Hours vary seasonally, but the site generally opens at either 9 or 10 a.m. and closes between 9 and 11 p.m. Ticket prices are $15.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Parking lots and nearby street parking are available.