Saturday, April 6, 2013

Guinness World Records Museum--Gatlinburg, TN @Ripleys

Guinness World Records Gatlinburg

On Spring Break, my family and I took at trip to Gatlinburg, TN.  We did a great deal of hiking, however, we also ventured into town to check out some of the sites.  One of the places we visited was the Guinness World Records Museum.  I thought this would be a fun place for my 6 and 9 year old who are now fascinated with the biggest, the best, the fastest and the strangest right now.

Ripley's Guinness World Record Museum is filled with many interesting facts and records, ranging from natural science to sports records and more.  The museum is filled with displays, some actual and some replicas, of various items that are world records.  The walls display even more items of world record interest--articles, photos and more. 

We saw displays on famous musical artists, including Elvis and Michael Jackson.  On display was the longest afghan that contained 34 miles of yarn.  We liked seeing the Chinese Water Torture Cell that Harry Houdini was able to escape and we were fascinated by the replicas of the world's tallest man and woman, as well as the shortest woman.

Guinness World Records Elvis Presley, Hound Dog Boat
Elvis Presley Display

Guinness World Records Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson Thriller Display
The museum also has interactive activities.  The girls had fun with the computerized stretchiest skin  activity, where they took a photo of themselves and then got to stretch their skin out.  They also enjoyed seeking out items in the button collection.  The secret warehouse entrance was a treat for them.  Mom was curious and even decided to crawl through to view the worlds smallest bicycle ever ridden--just 6" long and 4.5" high weighing less than a pound!
Guinness World Records Gatlinburg
How stretchy would your skin would be if you had the stretchiest skin?

Guinness World Records Gatlinburg, Smallest Bicycle Ridden
Smallest bicycle ever ridden!
My girls had a very fun time at the museum.  Their favorite parts were the tallest man the long motorcycle.  My daughter was tickled to see some items she had read about in the world record books on display.

Guinness World Records Gatlinburg, Tallest Man, Tallest Woman, Smallest Woman
Tallest Man, Tallest Woman and Smallest Woman
Guinness World Records, Longest Motorcycle
World's Longest Motorcycle
Children really enjoy being amazed by the "records" of things that are unbelievable.   This is definitely a fun time for everyone in the family--boys, girls, moms and dads!  And there is definitely something for everyone!  Plan on spending at least an hour there, or more if you enjoy read everything.  Seriously, you could probably spend many hours if you read everything that was on the walls!

More details of the museum:

The Museum is located at Traffic Light #6, 631 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Ticket Prices
Adult (12 & up) $9.99 plus tax
Child (3-11) $7.99 plus tax
Child 2 & under are free
Group Pricing available

(Check local coupon books for discounted tickets or purchase tickets in conjunction with other Ripley attractions and receive a discount.)

For more information, please visit

Disclosure:  I was provided tickets to this attraction in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any fashion for this post.


Elizabeth Towns said...

This is definitely somewhere I would take my kids during vacation. We have visited in Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Niagara Falls, Canada and also in Chicago or Vegas - one or the other. I know - weird two places to get mixed up, right? In any event, we love museums of all kinds, and Ripley’s just adds something extra. You can’t help but to visit it every chance you get. I think the wax figures are the most exciting part to me.

Petula Wright said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun. My children have the '10 edition of the Ripley's book so it would be fab for them to see some of what they've read about.

The ticket prices aren't too bad either. That's not too far from here (a little less than three hours I think) so it could be a day or weekend trip.

Cool review.

Self Sagacity said...

My daughter and I would love to see this. Wow, so many things to discover and do. Looks like the girls really enjoy themselves. I will check it out, thanks for the link.

Sharon Martin said...

My boys would absolutely love it there, they love looking through the world record books and this brings it all to life.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

What cool things to see. We've always wondered if this would be a kid friendly place. Thanks for the pictures. I'll have to check this out!

V. said...

This looks like SO much fun. I think we'll have to plan a trip there this summer!

Amy said...

Oh I live close enough to go and have never been there. Will have to make sure I take the kids. The Michael Jackson thing is a bit creepy looking LOL. But the tallest man and woman is pretty neat, and motorcycle, totally awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

Maureen Timerman said...

Looks like the kids had a delightful time. Thanks for the information!

Marsha Cooper said...

What a cool place! I would love the opportunity to go some day just by looking at your photos.

francis485 said...

my family loves the book so much, we would so love to go there, they have a ripleys here in florida but its not the same

Anonymous said...

This looks like so much fun!

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