Popular Townsend, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Museums – My Bear Foot Cabins

Popular Townsend, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Museums


Whether you’re looking to beat the heat in an air-conditioned building or avoid some rainy weather, visiting a museum is a great way to spend time indoors. The Smoky Mountains have a variety of museums displaying famous cars to artifacts from the Titanic.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a must for TV and film buffs. You will see some of the most iconic vehicles that graced the screens, including Herbie “The Love Bug,” the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Jalopy from The Beverly Hillbillies, and two Batmobiles (from the 1960s TV show and the 1992 movie). Have your photo taken with some of the cars for an additional fee.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is home to a collection of more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers. The attraction has shakers with unique designs, so expect to see aliens to U.S. Presidents in the mix. The admission fee can be applied to the purchase of any salt and pepper shaker set in the gift shop!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is one of the best Gatlinburg museums. Located on The Strip, this museum is dedicated to everything weird and wonderful, such as shrunken heads, a life-size ostrich skeleton, and head-scratching visual illusions. The Odditorium underwent a massive renovation in 2018. If you’ve visited the museum in the past, you’ll find there are plenty of new things to see!

Titanic Museum Attraction

The Titanic Museum Attraction is hard to miss when you’re driving the Pigeon Forge Parkway because the outside of the building looks like a giant ship. There are over 400 artifacts from the actual RMS Titanic and full-scale re-creations of rooms from the famous ocean liner. This Pigeon Forge museum features interactive exhibits, including a steerable Captain’s wheel, an “iceberg” that you can reach out and touch, and an engine room where you can “shovel coal.”

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East is one of the most talked about Pigeon Forge museums. Devoted to the history of crime and punishment in America, this museum is home to a number of notorious artifacts. Highlights include Bonnie and Clyde’s getaway car, Charles Manson’s guitar, Al Capone’s rosary, and O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco. Visitors will have the opportunity to fire at targets in a simulated shooting range, tour a CSI lab, and step inside a real undercover surveillance van.

Hollywood Wax Museum

If you’ve always wanted to snag a selfie with your favorite celebrities, be sure to stop by the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge. This attraction has lifelike wax statues of today’s biggest stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell, and Tom Hanks. Guests can also pose for pictures with classic Hollywood icons like James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Lucille Ball.

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Pinball Museum

Largest Collection Of Pinballs in the Smokies.

Come play your heart out

Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
205 Historic Nature TrailGatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

These are just some of the museums in the Smoky Mountains. Other Gatlinburg museums you should plan to visit are the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum and Ripley’s Guinness World Records Museum. Some more Pigeon Forge museums you don’t want to miss are Cooter’s Place, the Chasing Rainbows Museum, and WonderWorks. All of these attractions are both educational and fun.

Tennessee Bible Museum

The Tennessee Bible Museum is an 8,000+ square foot museum that features thousands of
rare bibles and hundreds of scripture-related exhibits, including such highlights as an early
Latin bible from 1480, a copy of the largest bible ever printed, bibles dating from the Civil
War, and even one that stopped a bullet, saving a soldier’s life in the process. The museum
is designed to tell the stories of these items in innovative and engaging ways.
The museum is open to all ages, and is designed both to educate and entertain, highlighting
not just the historical items but also the incredible stories that give them significance. We
look forward to introducing new generations of wide-eyed museum goers to the power and
the history of the most important book ever written.

Little River Railroad Museum

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. They operate a museum in Townsend, Tennessee, collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.

They have outside exhibits and museum building.

Admission is FREE donations appreciated.

7747 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend TN 37882

(865) 661-0170


Bush’s Bean Visitor Center

The Bush’s® Visitor Center nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, is where you can learn all about our history, beans and how we’ve spent the last 110 years spreading that good bean word.

Plan a visit to the café, general store and museum. You can find information regarding unexpected closures due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances on their Facebook page. Schedule groups of 30 or more by calling 865-509-3077.

The museum is filled with incredibly tasteful exhibits.They’ll feed your bean curiosity with 110 years of the Beautiful Bean story. Just set your BPS (Bean Positioning System) for Chestnut Hill, Tennessee that’s located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains for a bean-tastic good time. Visit Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy some home cookin’ and Southern specialties at the Bush’s® Family Cafe, but be sure to save room for a slice or three of our famous Pinto Bean Pie.

Museum: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Year-round
Store: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Year-round
Cafe: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. – Mar.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Apr. – Dec.

***Times for the Museum, Store and Cafe could change after 2023. Please contact them for any updates.

*If a holiday falls on Sunday, they will be closed the following Monday. For current schedule changes, including holidays and those due to weather, check their social pages or call them at 865-509-3077.

Mountain Wildlife Museum

At MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE MUSEUM exhibits are beautiful representations of taxidermy from all over the world. They are located in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Region. MWM began after several pre-Act (1973) endangered species taxidermy specimens were acquired by donation for display.

After purchasing many other taxidermy specimens and adding them to the collection, the idea of a taxidermy museum was conceived.

MWM now seeks to collect excellent crafted taxidermy specimens and display them in museums across the United States in a manner that will bring attention to the beautiful glory and wonder of the created specimens as well as educate people about the taxonomy and environmental habitats of these extant creatures.

    2530 Parkway
    Suite 4
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
    Sunday – Thursday:
    9AM – 9PM
    Friday: 9AM – 6PM
    Saturday: 6PM – 9PM


When you stay with My Bearfoot Cabins, you will be near all of these awesome Gatlinburg museums and Pigeon Forge museums. We strive to have the perfect property for your escape.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, Owners