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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Vgilsto88
Detroit, Michigan
"Nice place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2020 NEW
We visited on our way headed back home, and pretty exhausted from our vacation, but this was a stop I wanted to make sure we made. It was a nice place, and very clean. I loved how the workers wore prison uniforms. Nice touch. The only thing I wish was different is that they mix up the setup a little bit. The first half is a lot of reading and the second half is more hands on. There was a lot that I skipped at the beginning, just because it was a little much, and seemed to take forever. My favorite thing to see were the cars. It was kinda creepy being within feet of Ted Bundy’s actual car!! :)
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SamBro413
Jacksonville, Florida
"A cool place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020 NEW
I stopped there with family to do a walk through tour of the exhibits & it was very cool. Everyone enjoyed the museum, we took some pics and learned a lot of cool facts. Its not something i would ever do again, but if you've never been here, i definitely recommend it!
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WeLovetoTravel1023
Sardinia, Ohio
"Random Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020 NEW
My husband and I stopped in on a random weekend trip and were excited as we had wanted to visit in the past. It was nice that we were warned about the temperature inside and they provided lockers for your coats for only $0.25 which was nice. There is a lot to see inside and they do offer add-on's. With the amount of information it does involve a lot of reading at each site which can be a little frustrating when there are a lot of other people going through. As you can imagine it got a little backed up in a lot of spots with people trying to read through all of the information. All and all the experience was okay I am not sure we would want to pay that price again though.
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MaryA7447
Ocala, Florida
"This Museum is well thought out !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020 NEW
This museum was well thought out. Exciting, entertaining, informative. Worth the price of admission. It’s a must see when coming to Pigeon Forge.
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K_Jordan0
Jeffersonville, Indiana
"Dope "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020 NEW
We seen Ted Bundy's VW, Bonnie and Clyde's car and OJs bronco!! Lots of neat crime artifacts and history.
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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.