Hollywood Star Cars and Wax Museum in Gatlinburg TN Review

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…

Review Continued Below…

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.


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Comment by Jogos de Meninas
2009-07-03 16:08:22

It must be a great place to visit!

Comment by Web Marketing
2009-07-06 13:50:41

The star cars museum would definitely be more my thing than the wax movie star museum. Christine scaring you as you come up the stairs! That would be awesome. Is KITT from Knight Rider there?

Comment by jfc
2009-07-06 13:55:48

Hi Web,

Yes, a KITT from the original Knight Rider series is there, up on the second floor.

2009-07-06 13:58:55

Wax museums are straight up creepy. They always seem to have at least one employee trying to do a fake pose to scare you.

Comment by Lorecee
2009-07-08 13:31:33

I just visited the rock ‘n roll star cars special exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village, which was very cool. Some of the cars were straight up classy, while others were outright garish. Overall you get the impression that these people make so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all. My favorite was Janis Joplin’s groovy little Triumph with the acid trip paint job, which was on loan from the Rock ‘ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (also a must-see).

Comment by Mary Fellows
2009-07-08 23:43:30

OK so when I get to Gatlinburg Tennessee I will have both the Hollywood Wax Museum and the STar cars on my list - I can beam up with Kirk and Spock? Way cool! And I always though the KITT was the top actor in that show!

Comment by kelowna
2009-09-02 15:10:35

I too am big car enthusiast, from what I am reading, it looks like a place I would have fun at if I ever get to go =D

Comment by Komodo Dragon
2009-07-21 19:36:41

Looking at nice cars is nice… but it gets boring after a while. Are you allowed to take your own pictures from your own camera? That always the best part of going to a car exhibit. Wax museums are always cool.


Comment by jfc
2009-07-22 09:36:52

Hi Ben,

Yes, you can take your own camera into these museums and snap as many pictures as you want. In the car museum though you have to have them to pictures taken inside certain cars. This is one of the better car museums I’ve been to since they use a lot of interactive displays.

2009-07-26 16:50:39

Been to the wax museum a long, long time ago and its pretty cool I too recommend that you all go.

Comment by Used Tires
2009-08-19 23:11:36

I am big car enthusiast, from what I am reading, it looks like a place I would have fun at if I ever get to go =D

Till then,


Comment by Generic
2009-10-09 15:20:51

Hi, I too am a massive car enthusiast, from what I am reading here, it does look like a place I would have fun at if I ever got to go..

Comment by Medical care plan
2009-09-05 07:51:28

keep the car you already have just use it for going to work and getting groceries, that is the best thing you can do for the environment in this economy.

Comment by Medical care plan
2009-09-05 07:55:56

my wife lost her job mine is on the chopping block , i heard its hard to find a new job, so i think i will save all of my money for when i have no income, i can pay my bills with my saved “new car” money, i will hang on to my house as long as i can , then i guess i will live in the street or even worse crowd into a relatives house if they were able to keep one.

Comment by Back Acne Cures
2009-09-10 06:12:05

I’ve always found wax museums a bit weird, no idea why…


Comment by Organizare Nunta
2009-09-15 08:27:10

I like going at the wax museum. It has a feeling of something strange. I guess i just like to stare at some celebrities and observe the differences between the wax statues and real things.

Comment by Idiot Proof Diet
2009-09-19 22:45:32

Wow! Gatlinburg seems to be a perfect destination for the hardcore movie fans like me. I mean who wouldn’t like to have a photo clicked in the cars they adored a lot.

Comment by James
2009-09-22 06:59:45

Any of the batman cars there? I’d love a photo of me driving a batmobile, would fulfill some childhood fantasies.

Comment by Current Health News
2009-09-22 12:05:16

A group of teenagers return to the small town where they grew up and spend the night in the old wax museum. They start turning up dead one by one and in the end discover that the killer was a girl they used to go to school with and never treated very well. It’s driving me crazy… I can’t remember the name but I know it had something to do with wax.

2009-09-25 04:54:09

Experience how it feels like to be a paparazzi. These museums rock.

Comment by ATV for Sale
2009-11-04 18:23:34

Wax museums are straight up creepy. Many of the wax ‘people’ are so realistic that you have to look twice to make sure they are not actually real people.

Comment by Laptop Reviews
2009-11-17 01:21:13

It sounds like great fun to visit a museum, I was planning to visit Madame Tussuad

2009-11-18 06:58:27

It is like weird wax museums and i agree with you that once you have to look again for getting the identity of the real people.

Comment by La Digue
2009-11-30 07:08:20

From what I’ve read, I really like what you explained about the wax museum. It would be a fine experience to stand by the wax figures of your favourite celebs and take a few snapshots. Just imagine taking a pic with Angelina or even Tom Hanks!

Comment by Boxing Bags
2009-12-26 16:50:10

I will have to check out the Car museum next time I am in TN :-)

I remember as a kid going to the county wax works show - the guy out the front selling tickets said it was definitely the scariest show at the fair - so we bought tickets and went in and was less than impressed until he jumped out screaming at us (he was dressed as one of the exhibits) oh man he got us good!

Comment by Ecommerce Websites
2009-12-30 10:16:31

I find wax museums a creepy place. Once out of them, the sinking feeling that we are all wax figures, follows me for a long time.

Comment by oyun
2010-01-27 16:47:05

I too am a massive car enthusiast, from what I am reading here, it does look like a place I would have fun at if I ever got to go..

Comment by Utility Warehouse
2010-03-10 02:27:41

I must surely make a visit to these two museums…sitting in a famous car and taking photo is a great attraction…

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