A popular landmark that can't be missed during a drive along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, the Hollywood Wax Museum is a treat for the star-struck Smoky Mountain tourist. While Tennessee has its share of hometown celebrities, including Dolly Parton, Johnny Knoxville, and Cormac McCarthy, Pigeon Forge's Hollywood Wax Museum has ushered in a whole new set of famous faces.
What to Expect
A few steps into the Hollywood Wax Museum places visitors in the oversized hand of King Kong, where they can pose for a photo before the tour. During the tour, visitors will meet a wide array of celebrities, from movie stars to singing sensations. And with celebrities from several different generations, kids and adults of all ages will stay entertained throughout the tour!
As you make your way through the museum, you can “meet” and pose with some of your favorite celebrities! Sit down for a chat with Forrest Gump, get beamed up with the Star Trek cast, step onto an Old Western set with Clint Eastwood, walk the red carpet with Jennifer Lawrence and Morgan Freeman, ride a pirate ship with Captain Jack Sparrow, or shoot hoops with Michael Jordan.
For the younger kids and teens, there's a “Pop Diva Concert,” some of the most popular young celebrities today, and interactive games — with “6 Degrees of Separation” as an all-time favorite. There's even a room devoted to some of the scariest and most heart-pounding horror movies that will have you peeking around every corner! It's truly a fun tour for all!
More than Wax
No matter which celebrity you're hoping to see, you'll be amazed at the incredible detail that goes into each and every wax figure. Professional wax artists, costume designers, and seasoned prop masters spend hours working tirelessly to create these amazing wax creations. From skin color and wrinkles to facial hair and makeup, the wax figures are amazingly similar to the real celebrities. In fact, they’re so lifelike, it’ll take more than a second glance to convince you of their waxy reality.
Each of the celebrities are placed in front of a fun and fitting backdrop where guests can pose. There are also plaques by the wax figures featuring fun facts about their lives and the movies and shows they've been in. Posing with the wax figures and snapping photos is encouraged, so don’t forget your camera and get ready to take some selfies with the stars!
All Access Pass
If you get the All Access Pass, you’ll have VIP access to the rooftop area where you can see King Kong up close and personal, look down at an intriguing castle, or look out over some of the most popular landmarks in the Great Smoky Mountains. Mt. LeConte, Newfound Gap, and Clingmans Dome are just a few of the awesome spots you can see from your VIP access high above the busy Parkway in Pigeon Forge! It’ll give you a great idea of where you want to go next, including heading over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for some outdoor fun.
After the tour, stop by the gift shop to pick up celebrity-themed goodies from some of your favorite shows and movies. The gift shop has a large variety of cool gifts, including mugs, t-shirts, lunch boxes, figurines, key chains, and more! Choose souvenirs that will help you remember your fun time at the Hollywood Wax Museum or pick up gifts for those who weren't able to make the trip. Either way, you'll have fun exploring the gift shop before checking out the other exciting attractions nearby.
About the Hollywood Wax Museum
Opened in May 2012, the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, stands as a huge landmark on the Parkway. The outside of the building features a “Mt. Rushmore” of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Charlie Chaplin. Above the museum, a giant King Kong climbs high!
Other locations include Hollywood, California, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Branson, Missouri. At the Pigeon Forge location, 3 entertaining attractions — the Castle of Chaos, Hannah's Maze of Mirrors, and Outbreak: Dread the Undead — await next door (find more details below). Guests can enjoy group rates and a big discount when buying the All Access Pass, which gains you an affordable entry into all 4 local attractions!
The Hollywood Wax Museum also offers FREE and convenient parking, so you can spend your entire afternoon checking out these fun places without worrying about finding or paying for parking somewhere along the Parkway. Once you’re done, you’ll be in the heart of it all, keeping you close to other awesome attractions, restaurants, and shops in Pigeon Forge!
Hollywood Wax Museum
106 Showplace Boulevard
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Jan 1 – Jan 7
9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Jan 8 – Mar 16
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Mar 17 – May 25
9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
May 26 – Sep 3
9 a.m. – midnight
Sep 4 – Dec 21
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Sun – Thurs)
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri – Sat)
Dec 22 – Dec 31
9 a.m. – midnight
Hollywood Wax Museum | $23 – adults | $13 – kids (ages 4-11)
Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors | $16 – adults | $11 – kids
Castle of Chaos 5D Adventure | $16 – adults | $11 – kids
Outbreak: Dread the Undead | $16 – adults | $11 – kids
ALL ACCESS PASS | $33 – adults | $20 – kids
Other Attractions at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
At the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge, TN, you’ll get more than just a tour of the star-studded 2-story museum. Right behind the Wax Museum is a looming castle that houses Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, the Castle of Chaos 5D Adventure, and Outbreak — Dread the Undead. Adventure awaits for all ages, with challenges, spooks, and lots of interactive fun.
At Hannah's Maze of Mirrors, wind through mirrored corridors as you try to find the Princess. With 288 potential turns, awesome colors and lighting effects, and hundreds of mirrored walls and archways, this is a challenge for all ages! It’s especially great for the younger kids (or adults!) who want some hands-on, challenging fun without the scares of zombies and haunted creatures. The Castle of Chaos 5D Adventure is a 5D ride and interactive shooting adventure — the world's first! Simply put on your 3D glasses and enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride where you’ll spin, shoot, and maybe scream! Then, if you’re up for some major scares, make your way through the Chemacorp Lab at Outbreak – Dread the Undead, an interactive zombie adventure that’s styled after a haunted house. Live actors, incredible sets and props, and terrifying special effects will keep you thrilled and scared until the very end at one of the most technologically advanced, year-round haunted zombie attractions in the world!