Are you small enough to fit through the world’s smallest door? How tall are you compared to the world’s tallest person? Can you solve a Rubik’s Cube faster than Riley the robot? The Guinness World Records Adventure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, invites visitors to check out hundreds of astounding exhibits like these, as well as the all-new interactive experiences.
Renovated and reopened to the public in the spring of 2017, the Guinness World Records Adventure is unlike any museum you’ve ever visited. Several exhibits are accessible right at the front of the building, but you’ll want to step inside to check out everything there is to offer. The museum still features authentic memorabilia, historical displays – including the original “Guinness Book of Records” – exhibits of unbelievable feats, videos, trivia, and more of the wonders you’ve come to expect, but now you can also test your skills and try to break world records yourself in almost 50 interactive games and challenges.
If you’re taking in the best tourist spots in the area or looking for something else to do on a rainy day, you can try your hand at the Block Breaker, Lumberjack Tree Hack, Frisbee Toss, Hula Hoops, or gobble up those “ghosties” in the world’s biggest Pac-Man game. You can challenge friends and family to amazing feats and try to earn the best score of the day. Hint: Be the first to play a game and you’ll automatically earn the best score of the day – at least until someone else steps up and beats your record.
Visitors get a wristband that allows each person to create a profile and sign in for some interactive fun. You don’t have to use the wristband, but if you don’t, you’ll miss out on some of the cool games and the chance to get your name up on the leaderboards.
Apart from the interactive arcades, there are several themed galleries to wander through that will teach you a thing or two about the myriad of world records that have been attempted, made, and broken since the inception of “The Guinness Book of Records” in 1955.
Pop culture and entertainment buffs will appreciate seeing Garth Brooks’ guitar or learning trivia about stars like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. The King’s 149 hit singles and the King of Pop’s best-selling album, “Thriller,” have both earned their place in the “Guinness Book of World Records,” along with many other musicians and famous entertainers.
Sports fans can take a closer look at Joe Louis’ championship belt, representing his reign as heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1937 to 1949. Have a look at seats from the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field or the torch from the record-setting Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Don’t forget to visit the wall dedicated to the University of Tennessee’s own Peyton Manning, who took the Tennessee Volunteers to the SEC Championship in his senior season in 1997. The former American Football League quarterback was Tennessee’s all-time leading passer with over 11,000 yards, 89 touchdowns, and 39 wins in the 45 games he played as a starting quarterback.
The museum is open daily, 365 days a year, from 10 a.m. until late evening. At a price tag of $16.99 for adults 12 and up and $9.99 for children under 12 – taxes not included – you’ll get your money’s worth at an attraction that can hold everyone’s attention for hours. Grown-ups will love the memorabilia, challenges, and trivia, while little ones will have a blast in the bright and colorful Kid Zones. There’s truly something for the whole family to enjoy.
- While the main floor of the attraction is largely wheelchair accessible, there is no elevator to the bottom level. Instead, you’ll have to go around the building to access the lower level. The exit is located at the back of the building, which means visitors have to make their way back around to the main road.