Last weekend, we headed to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for my brother-in-law’s wedding. Having never been to the Smoky Mountains before, we spent many hours pouring over websites and learning about all the family fun that Pigeon Forge offers.
Of course, of all the Pigeon Forge attractions, the new Hollywood Wax Museum (it opened in 2012) was at the top of our list! So, in between helping set up the reception hall and getting ready for the ceremony, we rubbed shoulders with wax celebrities.
Located on the hill at the corner of Parkway Boulevard and Showplace Boulevard in Pigeon Forge, Hollywood Wax Museum is easy to spot, with its impressive “Mount Rushmore” of Celebrities in the front of the building.
We headed into the two-story Museum and had a fun time pointing out our favorite celebrities. From Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean to one of my personal favorites, Matthew McConaughey, it’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to walking the Red Carpet with our beloved actors and actresses.
There are also interactive games throughout the Museum that offer random trivia facts! We had an especially good time playing, “Odd Couple,” which lets you choose two random celebrities, place their names on a huge touchscreen, and find out their similarities. Who knew that Meryl Streep and Arnold Schwarzenegger had anything in common? Curious what it is? You’ll have to head to the Hollywood Wax Museum! 🙂
In the last portion of the Museum, you’ll find wax figures of well-known singers. I didn’t realize that there was a section devoted to musical achievements. But, we quickly became aware of what was coming, when we heard a group of teenage girls scream, “JUSTIN BIEBER!” 🙂 While I can’t say I’m a huge Bieber fan, I did enjoy the re-creation of the Grand Ole Opry, since we couldn’t make it to Nashville on this trip!
Planning a vacation to Tennesee, Missouri, or California? Be sure to consider a trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum. I was a little nervous about whether it would hold our five-year old’s attention, but she enjoyed it right along with us. Thankfully, the Museum doesn’t feel confining – there is enough space for kiddos to dance/prance between the exhibits. And, with constantly changing music, video clips, and sound bites, it easily kept her interest for the whole time. We did skip the “horror movie” wax section, because the material was a little too mature for a kindergartener. But, all the other exhibits were appropriate for any age!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.