Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium - Gatlinburg

Monday, June 18, 2012

Passing by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Gatlinburg, TN – you’re immediately drawn to the, well, odd displays that occupy the entrance. The over-sized heavy equipment tire, the giant granite ball floating on a thin layer of water and the robotic statues made entirely of random parts and items.

The kids immediately began to touch, push and move the granite ball. They were amazed that they were able to easily move something as large as they are.

If items out of the ordinary fascinate you, walking through the Ripley's Odditorium will be an interesting stroll.  Inside you'll find a collection of weird and rare sculptures, creations and facts.  Historical pieces such as a piece of the Iron Wall and a lock of George Washington's hair were among the most interesting and unexpected displays.

The hologram of Robert Ripley, who founded Ripley's Believe It or Not, startled the kids at first.  Then they were caught up in trying to figure out if it was real or a movie.  This picture was actually taken during the hologram display, though you can't see the image of Robert Ripley sitting in the chair.

It's ghostly and eerie - yet fascinating.  He briefly explains what you will see on your journey through the collection and what prompted him to begin such an endeavor.

Take your time while walking through the Ripley's Odditorium.  If a display is set out for you to interact with and take part it - make sure that you do!