Museums come in all sizes and shapes in the Smoky Mountains

in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville  museums offer many hours of interesting exploration.  There are hands-on ones — an aquarium, titanic ship replica, knife, and wax museum.


Hollywood Wax Museum, Pigeon Forge TN.  Image by Jeaneane Payne


Hollywood Star Cars Museum features cars from blockbuster movies including The Dukes of Hazard, Back to the Future time machine, Beach Boys and more.

Ripley’s Aquarium Gatlinburg is a major Smoky Mountain attraction and one of the best aquariums in the Southeast.  Spend an evening sleeping with sharks.

Ripley’s Odditorium in Gatlinburg has 12,500 feet of exhibits and artifacts.  It is definitely an odd place. You’ll see shrunken human heads and skeletons.



Hollywood Wax Museum  transports you into the world of Hollywood Stars.  Especially relevant is that you will get close to some of the most famous people in show business.

Titanic Museum allows you to experience what it was like to be on the famous Titanic ship before it sunk.  Walk the hallways, cabins, and the Grand Staircase.  In addition, you will enjoy shopping in the unique store as you exit the Titanic.


Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum features a variety of American-made muscle cars from the ’50s, ’60s & early ’70s.  The museum is on Hwy 66 in Sevierville.

Smoky Mountain Knife Works is a museum of knives.  Included are tactical knives, military knives, a large variety of pocket knives, axes, machetes, and more.  Also, guns, assault rifles, and ammunition are sold inside the store.

Tennessee Museum Aviation consists of historic artifacts.  Inside a 35,000 square foot aircraft hanger, you will consequently discover lots of aircraft  and an exhibit gallery.

WonderWorks is an interactive museum in Pigeon Forge for all ages.  Especially relevant is that it features exhibits, hand-on activities, and some interesting rides for any age group.