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.
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.
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