The Great Smoky Mountains are home to a wide variety of outdoor activities … but there’s also plenty to do indoors, other than enjoying a hot tub at your cabin.

Looking for something out of the ordinary to add additional excitement to your Smoky Mountain vacation? Look no further than museums in Gatlinburg. You’ll find amazing and quirky museums that offer everything from one-of-a-kind collection to Hollywood connections.

  1. Check out the cars of the stars! It doesn’t matter if you’re a motorhead, a TV and movie fan, there’s a car just for you at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. You’ll find over 40 vehicles ranging from the exotic to the absurd in this revved-up collection that includes the General Lee from TV’s Duke’s of Hazzard, Herbie “The Love Bug”, the Batmobile from “Batman Returns”, Fred’s car from “The Flintstones” movie, and K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider”. Plus, there are vintage autos once owned by Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Bob Hope, and Mike Tyson.

  2. Visit the strangest place in Gatlinburg! That’s right, an official Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum is waiting to freak you out, right here in the Smokies. Check out the 500 astonishing and unusual artifacts collected from the far-corners of the world in Ripley’s Odditorium. All of the attractions are guaranteed to be real and mind boggling. Next, explore the mysterious Grimsby & Streaper Casket Company, whose owner mysteriously disappeared along with several townspeople. Learn all about it during an unbelievably scary tour at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Live actors and dozens of gory, scary and mysterious scenes and galleries greet all visitors!
  3. Shake it up! If you love crafts and collectibles, then you don’t want to miss Gatlinburg’s own Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. Where else can you find over 20,000 sets of shakers from across the globe, plus the world’s largest Pepper Mill collection? Get a glimpse of popular culture and family dining as you check out tabletop decorations that include animals, cartoon characters, cars, and an assortment of figures that you’ll probably remember from your childhood. During winter months, tours are available by appointment with just a few minute’s notice, so call ahead.

From the amazing to the obscure, it’s a sure bet that fun for the whole family is waiting right “inside” one of these doors!

Looking for the perfect cabin for your family or group?  My Bearfoot Cabins is privately owned and Pat and Don Kirchhoefer will do their best to be your perfect hosts.  Availability calendars for the cabins are on the website and updated 24/7 in real time.  It’s time to Escape to Times Past.

Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners
Phone:  618-559-3915