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 American History from a different perspective. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. 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.

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)

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

Temporary Exhibit - "It Happened Here: Tennessee Crimes & Justice"
From local stories of moonshiners and vigilantes to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that rocked the nation, those interested in learning more about the state’s notorious crime history can do so at the new temporary exhibit, “It Happened Here,” open now through May 5, 2019.

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

Tripster Customer Reviews

34 Reviews
Stephanie Smith
Grand Rivers, KY
5 Reviews
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"Great Visit"
August 2019 NEW
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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Ariel Bowling
East Bernstadt , KY
1 Review
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"I loved it!"
August 2019 NEW
My family and I had a blast. It was definitely worth the money. So much you can learn at the Alcatraz Museum.
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Tip: It's more for adults, a lot of reading. But my little brother still liked it a lot.

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Tracey Phillips
Marietta, GA
3 Reviews
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"enjoyable"
July 2019
I enjoyed it more than my 13 yr old grandson, but he did enjoy some parts of it. So it might not be a great place for kids. We did both learn some things.
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Tip: not great for young kids but great info on the exhibits

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Jeff Ramsey
WOODSTOCK, GA
1 Review
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"One of the best!"
June 2019
Alcatraz East had to be one of the best museums I've ever been through. I'm one that usually skims over exhibits and read a few lines of each display. However, at Alcatraz East, we stayed almost 4 hours reading and looking at every exhibit. The information was so good and the artifacts made you wonder what it was really like back in the day. Go. Go see it and you won't be disappointed.
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Tip: Go early. Parking is at a premium. We parked right behind the museum.

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Joshua Campbell
New Lebanon, OH
1 Review
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"Very Cool!"
June 2019
The displays and artifacts were very interesting. The chronology of the museum was also very neat.
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Tip: No flash photography; pay the extra $5 for the handset

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kristen rodriguez
Hamilton, OH
7 Reviews
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"Awesome"
April 2019
Not so much for younger kid but for older kids and adults... A lot of reading and artifacts.. THE 9-11 memorial room just blew my mind..
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Tripster Customer
Pelham, AL
1 Review
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"Cool place!"
March 2019
I can't believe all the artifacts and interesting items on display here! It covers the history of crime in such an interesting and unbiased way. So many fascinating things to see! It is a full museum with some interactive features. Very much worth the price and time!
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Tip: Little ones may be bored. Adults will want to take time to read all the interesting things. Many of the crimes are things you'll remember in the news. Little ones won't have that interest.

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Carrie Ann Henry
Sparta , TN
1 Review
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"Loved this experience"
March 2019
Very interesting experience! Lots of knowledge with each item on display. Really enjoyed it. Even my younger children did
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Tip: No food or drinks allowed, photos can be taken but no flash

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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edward v
danville
"Much more than I expected"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019 NEW
My brother visited this attraction earlier this year and told us how good it was.I thought it would be about one hour to tour. It was four hours before I left, it was that interesting. There is displays, pictures and articles. I learned a lot. Of course you go at your own speed, so you don't have to spend as much time. It would not be as interesting for young people.
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IPeggy
"Wonderful!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
I would have liked to have had more time to spend in here, but I had to leave to be somewhere else. Very interesting and educational. It just kinda captures your attention and won’t let go. I will definitely go back sometime.
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devona914
Traverse City, Michigan
"So interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
The beginning of the museum is kind of slow going, but then you get to the serial killers and the 9/11 part. If you are a crime junkie like me you will thoroughly enjoy
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TnGirl37876
"Very much worth visiting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 22, 2019 NEW
I'm local. Hence, I'm very jades about the attractions here. So many are just hyped money grabbers. As I work all day with tourists hungry for input, this is one of the very few places here that I recommend and champion. That's saying a lot. If you consider that one could easily spend more than 3 hours here, the cost is more than fair. It's so informative, an actual museum of crime, current and historical. There is a lot to absorb and the reading is fascinating. There are interactive options to purchase and trivia type screens that test your knowledge along the way. You will not be bored. The personal items belonging to serial killers will make your spine tingle. Being close to an actual electric chair with history is heart heavy. There are forensics areas, counterfeiting education, a moving 9/11 tribute, infamous cars associated with OJ Simpson and Ted Bundy among others. Those are just a tip of the iceberg. This museum gives you a lot to think about and process. It will be a highlight of your vacation. It's best to visit here when younger kids are back in school as it's not really a child's attraction at all. They would be bored with reading and it can make things annoying for the adults around. Mom and dad will never get to enjoy the experience. I'associated with OJ Simpson and Ted Bundy among others. Those are just a tip of the iceberg. This museum gives you a lot to think about and process. It will be a highlight of your vacation. It's best to visit here when younger kids are back in school as it's not really a child's attraction at all. They would be bored with reading and it can make things annoying for the adults around. Mom and dad will never get to enjoy the experience. I'd say it's fine for teens, though. As a matter of fact, I'm sure this place is best when it isn't June, July, October or winter holiday times. It's important that you have time to relax and enjoy it. place is best when it isn't June, July, October or winter holiday times. It's important that you have time to relax and enjoy it.
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Travel_Pros1981
Charleston, South Carolina
"A Pleasant Surprise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
We went to the museum as way to kill some time before a show. The collection in the display was amazing. We could tell a lot of thought was put into the presentation of the exhibits, The crime lab with the hands on exhibits were a lot of fun. My wife enjoyed the Q and A stations throughout the museum. The automobiles and personal item in the museum were also very interesting to look at as well. There is a nice gift shop a the end of the tour and allow plenty of time to look at all of the exhibits we allowed an hour and could have spent 2 or 3. We lost track of time and almost missed our show. The only negative we had was the museum shares a parking lot with a show theatre and they were ending as we were trying to leave. It took us 35 minutes just to back out of our parking space. Definitely try this attraction but avoid the show time if possible.
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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.