While Pigeon Forge, Tennessee may be best known as the home of the Dollywood amusement park, it got a new top attraction when the Hollywood Wax Museum opened in May 2012. Built as a tribute to the U.S. film and television industry, the museum is the largest Hollywood wax museum in the country and the only one dedicated entirely to celebrities. With a large Hollywood sign, a giant King Kong scaling the New York skyline and a replica of Mount Rushmore featuring the sculpted faces of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, it is truly a can’t miss attraction.
Covering 22,000 square feet, the museum offers great photo opportunities for visitors as the wax figures stand out in the open instead of behind glass. Take a selfie with Brad Pitt, dance with Michael Jackson or share a bench with Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. And then head up to the roof to get up close and personal with King Kong.
The Hollywood Wax Museum stands at the corner of Parkway Boulevard and Showplace Boulevard in Pigeon Forge, a town in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It is a 25-minute drive from Gatlinburg or about 40 minutes from Knoxville. There are a handful of hotels within a mile of the museum for those wanting to stay overnight in Pigeon Forge. Purchase tickets online in advance to skip the lines.