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

37 Reviews
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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Ariel Bowling
East Bernstadt , KY
1 Review
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"I loved it!"
August 2019
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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millionmileclub822
Middletown, Delaware
"Very impressive "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2020 NEW
An unplanned visit was well worth the stop. The entire building is filled with very interesting crime memorabilia, artifacts, and educational exhibits. It’s laid out extremely well to handle crowds of people. I may go back again I was that impressed with it.
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Indy_gal2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Not for the squeamish or the soft-hearted"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2020 NEW
Oh my goodness! This place is a treasure trove of information! It did not shy away from certain topics (how death sentences were carried out, details of terrible crimes both long past and recent, it provided clear information in an organized fashion. It is certainly not for young children, the faint of heart and squeamish. However, it does provide a lot of information. It does have an audio tour that supplements the exhibits (you can have one person pay for it and share of you want). There is also a scavenger hunt that my son enjoyed. My tender-hearted pre-teen daughter had a hard time with seeing the harsh realities of the penalty phases of crimes. However, the scavenger hunt seemed to help... until the death penalty section where YouTube and headphones were her only recourse as we took her along with us. The rest of us were able to learn and go through each of the exhibits while she was able to escape in that manner. There is a laser beam game that kids/adults can do at the end that was a sort of “palette cleanser” before heading out of the museum through the gift shop. We were able to learn details about our criminal system and famous crimes that we did not know.
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7Cindy_A7
Cookeville, Tennessee
"Fascinating Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2020 NEW
This was a surprising gem! We expected to spend an hour or so going through this museum, but it was so interesting and informative, we were there for nearly 5 hours!! Be prepared to do a lot of reading, if you want to get the full benefit of this place. It is not appropriate for young children for that reason (as well as the subject matter!!). I highly recommend spending the extra $10 for the VIP experience. We had a teenage grand-daughter with us who is currently taking a forensic science class, and she LOVED this place!
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Terri R
"DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2020 NEW
My 19 year old daughter almost cried upon entering! She is going to school for forensic psychology and absolutely loved the serial killer section. Ted Bundy's exhibit thrilled her!
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Rick M
Anniston, Alabama
"Worth the price of Admission "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2020 NEW
I thought this place would be interesting to me but I had doubts about the rest of my family, I was pleasantly surprised when everyone enjoyed the visit. The name is a little mid-leading as I expected the majority of the displays to be about Alcatraz. Even though this was not the case, the presentations and displays were very well put together and interesting. If you are interested, even just a little, in the history of crime and punishment, then you need to visit this business
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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.