When taking a vacation to Gatlinburg, most guests have a list of top attractions that they would like to visit such as Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While these are all fantastic places to visit, Gatlinburg is also home to some of the most unusual and fascinating museums in the world! Check out these top 4 unusual museums in Gatlinburg that you need to visit on your next vacation:
1. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
In one of the most unusual museums in town, the Salt and Pepper Museum displays more than 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers! The displays are arranged in various categories such as animals and vegetables, and include everything from glowing space aliens to Amish farmers. A surprising number of the salt and pepper shakers feature things that are not normally associated with the kitchen table such as skulls, human feet and even toilets! The museum is located in Winery Square at 461 Brookside Village Way in Gatlinburg and can be reached at 865-430-5515 for the latest operating hours.
2. Cooter’s Place
If you are a fan of the 1980s television program the Dukes of Hazzard, you will be delighted to find an entire museum dedicated to the beloved show at Cooter’s Place! This unusual museum in Gatlinburg at 542 Parkway features props, pictures, costumes and memorabilia from the show, as well as indoor go-karts and miniature golf. There are even regular appearances at the museum by Ben “Cooter” Jones and other cast members of the show. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir to remember your visit!
3. Hollywood Star Cars
Car enthusiasts and movie lovers will be thrilled to visit Hollywood Star Cars, a collection of vehicles from some of the most famous films and television programs of the last 50 years! The museum in Gatlinburg at 914 Parkway features car displays in recreated settings with lights, sound and action, with one of the most popular being the Batmobile from the original 1966 Batman television program with Adam West. Other cars include the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, the Mellow Yellow race car from Days of Thunder and the Mitsubishi Eclipse from the Fast and the Furious. The museum is constantly adding and changing their collection, so you never know what you might find!
4. Ripley’s Odditorium
Ripley’s Odditorium is Gatlinburg’s most unusual museum and is the only place in town where you can find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire kit and other wacky oddities! The 12,500 square foot museum is located at 800 Parkway and features 16 themed galleries among three floors. Browse a total of 500 interactive exhibits and artifacts as you explore human oddities, exotic primitive items and the weirdest stuff in all of Gatlinburg!
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