Top 10 Best Museums in The Smoky Mountains
Taking a stroll through a museum is the best rainy day activity with the family! The Smoky Mountains holds a number of truly great ones in the area. Below is a list compiled with 10 of our favorite museums there. Hopefully this will assist you in deciding which one(s) you and your family should check out for yourselves.
10. Bush’s Visitor Center
Whether you and your family have a thing for baked beans this museum tells the fascinating history of Bush’s Baked Beans. They take on a journey that begins with the conception of the company. Along the way your can get a photo with Duke, see how much you weigh in beans and indulge yourself in the Bush’s Family Cafe. You will walk through a giant can of Bush’s Baked Beans which shows the process of the bean from beginning to end. Once your journey has concluded you can head over to the Old Fashioned General Store for free and pick up some souvenirs.
9. Guinness World Records Museum
The Guinness World Records Museum is dedicated to the astonishing feats that have been being published in their books for many years. You will find over 20 interactive games and challenges among the hundreds of exhibits. They even give you the opportunity to break your very own world record.
8. Hollywood Wax Museum
If you have not just happened upon your favorite celebrities to capture a selfie with then you should go to the Hollywood Wax Museum to help fill that void. The museum features lifelike wax replicas of the replicas of the biggest stars from both past and present. Just to name a few stars, they include: Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Marilyn Monroe, and Clint Eastwood.
With one of the most recognizable structures on the Parkway, how could you not want to go inside? This museum is family friendly, educational and filled with fun activities. Wonder Works features more than 100 hands on exhibits ranging from natural disasters to space exploration. If you are looking for more of a challenge then check out the four story glow in the dark ropes course. You are almost guaranteed to learn something new as you travel through the immersive exhibits.
6. Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Covering 35,000 square feet, the Tennessee Museum of Aviation hangar allows you to take a step back in time in the world of Aviation. Filled with vintage aircraft, you will be able to view several WWII-era aircraft that are still airworthy. This museum is able to frequently host a flight demonstrations for its guests to enjoy as they are located right next to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport.
5. Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Showcasing some of the most iconic vehicles from television and movie history is the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. This museum is home the DeLorean from Back to the Future, two different Batmobiles, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, Elanor from Gone in 60 Seconds, Several vehicle from the Fast & Furious franchise and many, many more.
4. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Opened in Fall of 2016, Alcatraz East Crime Museum is one of the newest museums in the area. Since opening it has been described as a must see for CSI fans, and receives excellent reviews everywhere. Inspired by Alcatraz, this is a 24,000 square foot monster of a museum. They feature over 20 exhibit areas which are all tied to a theme: History of American Crime, Consequences of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Fighting, and Pop Culture.
3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The recently renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium is set apart from the other museums in The Smokies. It is filled with bizarre artifacts from all around the world, galleries and interactive exhibits. This building is 12,500 square feet featuring 16 themed galleries, over 500 exhibits and artifacts, all spread across 3 floors.
2. Titanic Museum Attraction
Learn more than ever about the Titanic at this Museum attraction. You will even place yourself in one of the passengers shoes and learn about events that took place on the voyage. The Titanic Museum does change the exhibits every year so if you think it is going to be the exact same as the last time you went, it is very unlikely.
1. Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies
It is easy to spend a long time at this one as you explore the oceans of the world. The exhibits here cover all kinds of amazing sea creatures in the Coral Reef, Tropical Rainforest, the great blue ocean, and the seas. You will be amazed as you stair directly at 12 foot sharks and giant sea turtles. Then journey on over to the Penguin Playhouse which was voted as one of the best places to view penguins by USA Today.