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Gatlinburg, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, offers a variety of museums that cater to diverse interests, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and curious travelers alike. Here’s a curated list of top museums in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge that promise an enriching experience:

1. Gatlinburg Pinball Museum

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The Gatlinburg Pinball Museum lets visitors play over 100 pinball machines and classic arcade games, offering nostalgic fun for all ages.

  • Address: 112 Reagan Drive, Gatlinburg, TN, United States, Tennessee
  • Hours: Open daily from 10 AM to 12 AM

2. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

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With over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from around the world, the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum showcases the creativity and diversity of these kitchen collectibles.

  • Address: 461 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM
    Sun 10 AM-2PM

3. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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Featuring vehicles from famous movies and TV shows, the Hollywood Star Cars Museum includes iconic cars like the Batmobile and the DeLorean.

  • Address: 914 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM

4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

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Explore the bizarre and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, with its collection of oddities from around the world.

  • Address: 800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 AM to 11 PM

5. Gatlinburg Space Needle & Museum

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The Gatlinburg Space Needle features a museum inside. When you visit this attraction, make sure to check out the information-packed educational exhibits throughout. Enjoy the views and rich history of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  • Address: 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hours: Mon – Thur: 10 AM – 12 AM ; Fri: – 9 AM – 1 AM ; Sat: 9 AM – 2 AM ; Sun: 9 AM – 12 AM

6. Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

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Located nearby in Townsend, the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center showcases the cultural heritage of the Smoky Mountains region through exhibits and educational programs.

  • Address: 123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882
  • Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 AM – 5 PM
    Sun, 12 PM – 5 PM 

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7. Tennessee Bible Museum

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Discover artifacts and history related to the Bible at the Tennessee Bible Museum. Explore exhibits that highlight the impact and significance of the Scriptures throughout history.

  • Address: 135 E Wears Valley Rd # 1, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Hours: Open Mon – Sat 10 AM to 6 PM Closed- Sun

8. Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

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Step into the world of Hollywood at the Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge. Encounter lifelike wax figures of your favorite celebrities and characters from movies.

  • Address: 106 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 11 PM

9. Alcatraz East Crime Museum

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Explore the history and artifacts of American crime at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Discover exhibits on infamous crimes, criminals, and law enforcement.

  • Address: 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Hours: Open Sun – Thur 10 AM to 9 PM Fri- Sat 10 AM – 10 PM

10. Titanic Museum

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Experience the story of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Explore artifacts, replicas, and interactive exhibits that bring the tragic tale of the Titanic to life. Click here to view our guide to the Titanic Museum.

  • Address: 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9 AM to 9 PM Friday – Saturday 9 AM – 10 PM

Museums in Gatlinburg

Each of these museums in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge each offering its own t and perspective on Gatlinburgs rich history. Plan your visit today click here to book your stay in a Gatlinburg cabin here!