Knoxville, Tennessee Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Knoxville and the surrounding area. East Tennessee nexus offers visitors a cityscape with the Sunsphere, plus a centaur skeleton, tributes to Rachmaninoff and Mom, and memorials to noteworthy catastrophes. Nearby: Airplane Gas Station and tours of the X-10 nuclear reactor!

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  • American Museum of Science and Energy

    American Museum of Science and Energy

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Oak Ridge exists because of the atom bomb, but its science museum tries hard to get out from under that mushroom cloud. Among the exhibits: an Apollo moon box and the fingernails of a U.S. President.

  • Atom Age Gatehouse

    Atom Age Gatehouse

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    Built during the depths of the Cold War to keep Communist spies away from a uranium plant. See the searchlight and gun portals; peer through the bulletproof glass.

  • National Enquirer Live!

    National Enquirer Live!

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Shocking! Scandalous! Life-size dioramas of Michael Jackson dangling Blanket from a window and a chalk outline outside the O.J. murder house. Also, entire galleries devoted to Bigfoot and space aliens.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Titanic: World's Largest Museum Attraction

    Titanic: World's Largest Museum Attraction

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Outside: a replica of one half of the doomed ocean liner. Inside: costumed actors, crashing, freezing, drowning, crush depth family fun.

  • Alcatraz East

    Alcatraz East

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    America's most comprehensive museum of crime. Bonnie and Clyde's movie Death Car, OJ's low-speed chase Bronco, Tennessee's electric chair, plus a hands-on CSI lab, serial killer relics, and much more.

  • Museum of Appalachia - Perpetual Motion Machine

    Museum of Appalachia - Perpetual Motion Machine

    Clinton, Tennessee

    A rural living museum that surprises with devil burls, angel swirls, Apocalypse signage. 250,000 items.

  • Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith

    Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith

    Greenback, Tennessee

    An incomplete castle hand-built by one man, and later blessed by the Lord. Themed rooms include a throne room and dungeon. Empty at the moment, but Junior is around.

  • Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg - A Mecca

    Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg - A Mecca

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Sister tourist-towns sparkle like junk jewels on a necklace choking Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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