In this last in the series on our vacation to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee I’m reviewing the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum, both located in Gatlinburg. Are these two attractions worth visiting? Read more to find out…
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Hollywood Star Cars Museum
This museum, which is located right next to the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg I mentioned in an earlier article, features famous cars from movies. My son insisted on visiting this attraction because the Bumblebee Camaro from the Transformers movie was displayed there. You can see a lot of the cars up front without going in but some of the better vehicles are in the second story area. Don’t let Christine scare you if you go up the stairs!
The more interesting cars to me were the TV series and movie cars like the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, The Munsters Drag-u-la and Barney Fife’s police car from the Andy Griffith show. One nice thing about many of the exhibits is that they had video clips that showed the popular scenes that the cars were in. For example, Barney’s police car featured a clip from the show where Gomer does a “citizen’s arrest” on Barney. The stars cars weren’t all that interesting to me since if you’ve seen one Elvis owned Caddy you’ve seen them all pretty much.
The staff at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum was friendly and will take a group picture of you in front of your favorite car with your camera. They will also try to talk you into having your picture taken while sitting inside of certain cars and having a souvenir photo taken by them. This isn’t too expensive to do but you do have to keep your budget in mind while vacationing. These little extras can add up over the course of several attractions.
I enjoyed this museum and so did my son. Even my wife wasn’t too bored with it. Some younger kids may not know about the TV shows and movies the cars are from and, if they aren’t into cars, they might get bored. The price isn’t bad, about $12 a person with tax when you use a coupon. If you buy the combo ticket with the Hollywood Wax Museum that’s across the street you can save a little more on both attractions.
Hollywood Wax Museum
As the name implies, this is a wax museum that features likenesses of celebrities and movie scenes. You can’t miss this museum as you go down the main strip in Gatlinburg because of the King Kong bust in the front. The big monkey is actually part of the exhibit as you’ll find out after taking the stairs (or elevator) up to the start of the museum. You can have your picture taken as if you’re in Kong’s grasp which is pretty cool. My son did this. Just remember, this is an extra cost item, about $10 for the basic photo plus any extras.
The wax museum is pretty interactive. You can go into most of the displays and pose next to your favorite star or movie character. You can stand next to Brad and Angelina on the red carpet, sit on a bench with Forrest Gump, play piano with Ray Charles or beam down with Kirk and Spock. There are several great photo ops throughout the museum. The horror movie section is especially creepy. I actually found it more chilling than the Haunted Adventure, perhaps because of the scenes it brought to mind.
The likenesses of the wax figures isn’t always perfect. I thought the fantasy and movie character figures were better than the straight up celebrity ones. Still, it was a lot of fun jumping into scenes and getting a snapshot of it. (Sorry, I don’t post personal pictures on this blog). The staff at this museum was friendly too.
I think that most movie buffs will enjoy this museum a lot. Make sure your camera is charged up so that you can get some good pictures. Younger kids might not do so well in this museum though. They might either be frightened by the wax figures or might get too touchy with them.