There are no art museums per se in Pigeon Forge, but there are museums are designed for tourism, but there is one traditional, subdued museum worth checking out, too. Veterans Memorial Museum, 106 Showplace Blvd. (tel. 865/908-6003; www.veteransmemorialpf.com) is one of the latter. The museum, which opened in 2002, is truly comprehensive, and features exhibits of American Revolution, Civil War, Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korean, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the current Iraq War. The walls are graced with the names of over a half million men and women, from World War II onward, who sacrificed their lives in the armed forces. Don't miss the full-size World War II P-551 Mustang. Admission: $11 for adults, children 6-11 $5.95 and 12-18 $6.95; special rates for veterans and civil servants, $9.95. Open seven days a week, with free parking, it is located next door to the Dinosaur Walk Museum, 106 Showplace Rd. (tel. 865/428-4003; www.dinosaurwalkmuseum.com). An educational and awesome sight, this museum is home to over 60 life-size replicas of the prehistoric creatures and 20 reptile exhibits, with some of the world's most poisonous snakes. The 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex is a popular display, and there are discovery areas where kid can try to match the molds of fossil types to the dinosaur. A self-guided experience, the museum is open seven days a week and has free parking. Admission is $9.95 adults, $6.95 children 5-18; free for kids 4 and under.
For a dose of kitschy glamour, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, One Island Dr., (tel. 800/758-0040; 865-429-6425; www.hmpc.tv/home.html) features selections from the actress's $50 million private collection of over 3500 costumes and other collectibles including lobby cards, still photographs and is called the world's largest collection of Hollywood memorabilia, dating back to the silent film era. There are two screening rooms and twelve pavilions showing original clips and artifacts from almost every Academy Award-winning film. Some of the prized objects include Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch and Judy Garland's sparkly ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The museum is part of Belle Island Village, a new shopping, entertainment, and resort destination styled after an Old South river town, slated to open in Spring 2006. For even more kitsch, Elvis has never left the building at The Elvis Presley Museum, 2638 Parkway, (tel. 865/428-2001; www.elvismuseums.com) has over $3 million worth of memorabilia, including the King's cars, costumes, jewelry, and other personal possessions, some of which were auctioned off from his Hollywood home. See the Elvis and Priscilla honeymoon Cadillac Coupe de Ville, gold nugget watch and a 12-gauge shotgun at the largest private collection of Elvis goods. Admission: $15 adults, $12 for kids 12-18 and $10 for kids 6-10; kids under 6 enter for free.