Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN

2757 ParkwayPigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Overview

Discover the history of American crime at Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge — if you dare! This expansive museum features artifacts from notorious crimes, criminals, and prisons such as Alcatraz. Featuring five hands-on galleries, guests can learn about everything from crime scene investigation to crime in pop culture. From mugshots to forensic science, this crime museum has it all.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Located at the entrance to The Island in Pigeon Forge.
  • Additional parking located behind the building and at The Island.
  • Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours, or more if you're a crime buff.
  • The museum features over 500 authentic artifacts.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Lockers are available for rent on a first come, first served basis.
  • A crime museum featuring an in-depth look at American crime history as a whole, not just the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.
  • Look for the famous O.J. Simpson chase Bronco, John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a submachine gun from the movie Scarface, and Ted Bundy’s VW Beetle.

Description

from Alcatraz East Crime Museum
.Explore the notorious history of American crime, punishment, crime fighting and investigation. Alcatraz East Crime Museum features five unique galleries that burrow deep into criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and our justice system. The museum is 25,000 square feet spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactive exhibits.

Located at the entrance to the Island in Pigeon Forge, Alcatraz East has 20 exhibit areas highlighting 5 themes: History of American Crime, Consequences of Crime, CSI, Crime Fighting, Counterfeit & Pop Culture.

Some of our famous artifacts include:
- John Dillinger’s Car
- Al Capone’s Rosary
- The Bronco used in the OJ Simpson chase
- Al Pacino’s machine gun from Scarface

Kids can enjoy:
- Jail Cell Escape
- Prohibition Shooting Gallery
- Modern Police Shooting Range
- Heist Laser Maze (additional cost)
- Numerous Photo Ops
- Our Top Detective Challenge! (additional cost)

Note: Hours may vary for special events, holidays and seasonally.

Tripster Customer Reviews

41 Reviews
Bonnie D.
Longs, SC
2 Reviews
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"Awesome!"
July 2021 NEW
A must see! If your planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN it’s fascinating and you can plan to spend 2-4 hrs there. They have different options of tours.
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Tip: It gets super busy late afternoon

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Amy Clevy
Haubstadt, IN
4 Reviews
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"must go!"
July 2021 NEW
This place is amazing!! There is so much information to see and learn. The highlight was the tribute to 9/11. Very emotional.
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Tip: Extremely interesting. Lots of exhibits

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Monica Hensley
Elkton, VA
2 Reviews
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"Overall everyone enjoyed"
June 2021 NEW
A lot of very neat things in this museum. This is like most museums and has a lot of reading for all the different exhibits. My 9 year old chose this as her "MUST DO" on vacation and she said she enjoyed it. You can buy an audio device, but we had that with the Titanic and didn't find it useful so we didn't upgrade here (extra cost). Overall everyone enjoyed the museum, but it really is a lot to read, however, when something doesn't fascinate you, you are able to just walk on by which is nice!
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Tip: Laser room is an extra cost and when there's a crowd it can be a pain to move around and see things easily (especially for the littles)

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Scott Beckley
Ontario, OH
1 Review
"Was Disappointed!!!!"
May 2021
The exhibits are cool and nice to see more about our crime history. For what we did I feel it wasn’t worth the cost. Most of the hands on interaction did not work. I think for what people pay to see the attraction they should have things working properly all the time. Not sure I would recommend it to any of my friends or family.
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Tip: Hands On Interaction most was not working. Over priced because of this.

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Jordan Fernandez
Tickfaw, LA
6 Reviews
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"My favorite!"
December 2019
My favorite museum! So much to look at!
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Beverly Bryant
Frankfort, IN
10 Reviews
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"Crime doesn't pay"
September 2019
This was a unique exhibit. Loved the different aspects of era knowledge
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Nicole Amitrano
Staten Island , NY
3 Reviews
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"Fully Immersive and so much to see"
August 2019
This museum was very very well-done. There is so much to see and there are many signs and placards to read. It tells the story of crime starting with medieval times, into the pirate era and so on. There are a lot of interactive displays, such as cracking a safe, walking a straight line after being pulled over for DUI/DWI, a crime scene investigation, taking a picture as part of a line up and much more. We had tickets to a dinner show and had to leave before we were done reading and interacting with everything. To thoroughly complete this museum I was suggest setting aside 3-4 hours. I also would advise against the audio tour. It is hard to hear out of and much of what it says is printed on the signs/displays. I spent an extra $20 for 4 audios and none of us used them.
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Stephanie Smith
Grand Rivers, KY
5 Reviews
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"Great Visit"
August 2019
It was a great museum if you like museums I am just not a museum person. But had very cool items and lots of stuff to look it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcatraz East Crime Museum

How long does it take to complete the museum?
Guests should allow about 2 to 3 hours to complete the entire museum.

Is there somewhere to buy food and/or beverages at the museum?
The museum does sell drinks and snacks but does not have an eating facility. Fortunately, the museum is located at the Island, so there are plenty of places within walking distance to grab a snack or a meal.

Is the museum appropriate for children?
The museum is appropriate for all ages. Please do note that due to the nature of the museum, there is mature content. The museum has gone to great lengths to ensure that children and adults alike have a pleasant experience.

What are the hours of operation?
The museum is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Hours are subject to change based on seasonality or events.