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

29 Reviews
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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JOSEPH PRINCE
Tabor City, NC
1 Review
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"WOW! Neat place"
December 2018
My kids wanted to go here, and I was less than enthused. I am so glad that we went ! The museum houses a history of the criminal justice system in America from colonial times to present. Included are witch trials, pirates, gangsters, moonshiners, organized crime, etc. Some of the exhibits are cool, such as the autopsy area, some are interesting, such as the prohibition era, and some like the 9/11 part are sobering. I teach criminal justice at the college level and I learned some things here. You could easily spend an entire day here. There is an audio tour which is a bit extra, and worth it. There is also an add-on "detective" hunt for a missing item which will make the museum more fun for younger visitors and there is a game where you must not trip the laser security which was fun. OJ's infamous jeep is there are several other vehicles. The building seems larger on the inside than it looks on the outside. A highlight of our vacation
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Tip: Several additional activities in the museum can increase your fun and were worth the money

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Lisa Saunders
Batesburg-Leesville, SC
2 Reviews
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"Educational fun experience"
December 2018
Me and my family had an amazing experience at Alcatraz East Museum. We spent four hours and took the VIP tour. There was so much to experience. With the VIP tour you get admission with audio, top detective challenge, and the heist. It is well worth the money. You learn and interact with all aspects of crime. From history, police department, gathering evidence and so much more. The facilities was very well maintained and clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back because with there being so much I know I probably missed one or two things. To me I feel like if you visit everytime you come to visit Pigeon Forge there will always be something that you will learn or say to yourself hey I didn't see that the last time I visited.
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Tip: I recommend everyone to wear very comfortable shoes. Also expect to stay awhile if you want to truly experience what Alcatraz East Museum is truly about. It is well worth your money and time.

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Tripster Customer
Kiln, MS
2 Reviews
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"Alcatraz East Crime Museum"
November 2018
We had a great time! It was super interesting & we can't wait to bring out kids back to enjoy it also.
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Tip: Takes about 3 hours.

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Jason Salyers
Princeton, WV
1 Review
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"VERY cool!!"
October 2018
We spent around 4 hours in the museum and could have easily stayed longer. So much cool stuff! Loved it and would highly recommend it.
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Victoria R.
McMurray, PA
3 Reviews
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"Very Educational"
August 2018
This was definitely an educational experience. The whole family enjoyed the fun.
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Tip: Paying extra for the audio tour wasn't worth it because everything is thoroughly documented throughout the museum.

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pennyc093018
Henderson, Kentucky
"Overpriced "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
Lots of information but very over priced general admission. Self guided tour, lots of reading on your own. Neat artifacts but certainly not worth the price of admission! Glad we had several free tickets!
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brittanipotts
Annville, Pennsylvania
"Murderino"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
As a self-proclaimed “murderino”, this museum was SO awesome. So many interesting facts about crimes, murders, kidnappings, and terrorism. I went during the Ted Bundy exhibit, which was thrilling! I definitely recommend.
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208georgew
Broadway
"A lot of information to absorb"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
This attraction leads you through the history of crime and punishment from very early in history to the present date. While some disturbing in that they reveal the extreme cruelty that one human could inflict upon another, other exhibits expose the evil element of our modern day society.
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9495bt
Brentwood, Tennessee
"Interesting "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
The museum is well done and interesting. A few of the placards are not well lit and therefore near impossible to read, but overall it seemed well done and worth the price of admission.
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careykym
Griffin, Georgia
"Alcatraz East"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyed this museum. I recommend it to everyone that enjoys learning our history of crimes. Or just would like to remember.
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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.