Visiting a museum is a wonderful family vacation activity – especially on a rainy day! Pigeon Forge, TN is home to a number of excellent museums that are devoted to everything from crime to gospel music. Unlike some of the museums you may find in other cities, the museums in the Smokies are so fun and interactive that you won’t notice how much you’re learning! To help you make the most of your next getaway, All Season Suites has put together a guide to four of the best Pigeon Forge museums.
1. Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Alcatraz East is Pigeon Forge’s newest and most talked about museum. The successor to Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Alcatraz East is home to some of the most notorious artifacts from the history of American crime. Guests at the museum will have the chance to see O.J. Simpson’s white Ford Bronco, Al Capone’s rosary, John Dillinger’s death mask, and Bonnie and Clyde’s getaway car. Other highlights of Alcatraz East include a simulated shooting range, a safe cracking adventure, a jewel heist challenge, and a CSI lab.
The Titanic Museum Attraction is another one of the best Pigeon Forge museums. Located right on the Parkway, this attraction is hard to miss, since the whole building is shaped like an ocean liner! When you visit the Titanic Museum, you will be given a boarding pass with the identity of an actual passenger on the RMS Titanic, and at the end of the tour, you will have the chance to learn your passenger’s fate.
The Titanic Museum Attraction displays over 400 artifacts that were on the ship in 1912. The museum’s collection is valued at $4 million! In addition to all of the genuine artifacts, the museum also features full-scale re-creations of rooms from the ocean liner, including the breathtaking grand staircase. Whether you’re a history buff or you just love the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the Titanic Museum Attraction is a can’t-miss destination for any vacation in Pigeon Forge.
3. Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame
A visit to the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame is a must for music fans! Located at the Dollywood theme park, this superb museum is dedicated to the pioneers of southern gospel music. Visitors to the Southern Gospel Museum will have the chance to see clothing that belonged to Dottie Rambo and Wendy Bagwell, a replica of the Blackwood Brothers’ original tour bus, and an animatronic quartet that sings “Give the World a Smile”.
Although the Southern Gospel Museum is located at Dollywood, it is not necessary to pay for park admission if you just want to visit the museum for an hour. To get to the museum without a Dollywood ticket, head to Guest Relations at the entrance to the theme park.
A trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum is the next best thing to a celebrity meet and greet! This popular museum on the Parkway is home to numerous wax replicas that are so lifelike that you’ll do a double-take when you first see them. Guests will have the chance to pose for photos with today’s biggest stars, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Downey Jr. The Hollywood Wax Museum also features replicas of movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age like Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Audrey Hepburn, and Elvis Presley.
When you stay at All Season Suites, you will be minutes away from all of the best Pigeon Forge museums. Our hotel is located right on Dollywood Lane, just a short drive from Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, and the amazing attractions on the Parkway. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Pigeon Forge hotel rooms!