Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens (Formerly Christus Gardens)

UPDATE: Christ in the Smokies closed at its Gatlinburg location at the end of 2020, after 60 years in operation. The latest word is that the museum will re-open in Pigeon Forge, perhaps late in 2021.

For many years known as Christus Gardens, the unique Biblical recreation setting of Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens, in Gatlinburg, is one of the nation’s most acclaimed inspirational attractions.

Take a walk through the Holy Land back in the time of Christ, amid lifelike scenes portraying the greatest story ever told. 3D dioramas create life-size settings, combined with lighting, sound and other special effects to create a moving and deeply uplifting experience.


Image courtesy of Christ in the Smokies

More than 100 life-size figures populate the key scenes from the life of Christ. Additional exhibits include an heirloom Bible collection, coins from the time, temple vestments and furnishings of the age, a large painting of the Parables of Jesus, and a 900 square foot mural telling many stories.

The centerpiece of the attraction is the massive Face of Christ sculpture that provides a transfixing and inspiring gift of faith and presence to visitors.

As with so many of the unique attractions in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Christ in the Smokies makes an exceptional educational experience, perfect for families and well suited as a home-schooling event. This experience is one that children remember for all their lives, and bring their own grandchildren to, many years later.

Christus Gardens was founded in 1960 by Ronald Ligon in gratitude to divine providence, following a brush with death that deepened his faith. The museum changed its name and conducted remodeling in 2009.

Surrounded by lush gardens, Christ in the Smokies is on River Road in Gatlinburg, and open 7 days a week. The museum is disabled accessible, and there is abundant free parking.

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Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens
510 River Rd
Gatlinburg TN 37738