Alcatraz East Crime Museum Pigeon Forge

2757 ParkwayPigeon Forge, TN 37863
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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.

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

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 Alcatraz Museum Pigeon Forge 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.


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 the justice system. The museum is 25,000 square feet, spread over 2 floors, and includes over 100 interactive exhibits.

This Alcatraz museum in Pigeon Forge is located at the entrance to The Island in Pigeon Forge. Alcatraz East has 20 exhibit areas highlighting five (5) themes: History of American Crime, Consequences of Crime, CSI, Crime Fighting, Counterfeit & Pop Culture.

Temporary Exhibits:
Alcatraz East hosts temporary exhibits related to crime and law enforcement topics, often in partnership with outside organizations. Temporary exhibits are included with every ticket.

Chasing Justice: The Crime That Captivated The Nation
June 7, 2024-September 27,2024

On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found murdered outside Nicole’s Los Angeles condo. O.J. Simpson, her ex-husband, was pursued by police five days later and surrendered after a slow-speed chase. He was acquitted in a criminal trial in 1995 but found liable for their deaths in a civil court. This exhibit marks the 30th anniversary, highlighting the murders, Nicole’s abuse, and the high-profile case.

Featured Objects
  • Pieces of Nicole Simpson’s china
  • O.J. Simpson trial-worn tie
  • Photographs from Nicole’s life

The Kennedy Conspiracy: Fact + Fiction
Explore the conspiracies surrounding the Kennedy assassination and the far-reaching impact those conspiracies have had on the memory of the 35th president.

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

Alcatraz East Crime Museum Reviews

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Nickole Hutton Tripster User Profile Image
Nickole Hutton
London, KY
2 Reviews
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"Great time killer"
December 2023
Alcatraz East Crime museum has some interesting exhibits for the history of crime very little to do with Alcatraz itself. They have a lot of interactive exhibits and other options you can pay to upgrade. But overall it's an interesting way to kill time between attraction.
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Tip: There's a lot of reading but audio is available for a charge

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Jennifer Cordell
Hagerstown, MD
2 Reviews
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August 2023
We came from upper Maryland. Went to this museum cause it looked interesting and it was. Family & I had a blast.
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Ben Mindek
McDonald , PA
2 Reviews
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"Fun Time"
August 2023
I thought this museum was very interesting. It had a lot of informative displays and information. The interactive exhibits were fun, even for us adults. We got a discount by going through Tripster. My only complaint was that they needed a separate line for those of us who had already purchased tickets.
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Tip: Purchase your tickets in advance. Go early in the day to beat the crowds.

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Faith Hoosier
Indianapolis, IN
1 Review
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"Fun place to visit"
December 2022
I really enjoyed my visit to the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. They have many interactive exhibits. I will definitely be back.
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Tip: Audio tour was extra but well worth it.

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Derek Edge
Hurlock, MD
1 Review
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"More then I thought"
December 2022
Went into this place thinking that it was just about Alcatraz. It’s actually a lot more and it’s huge! Loved the experience!
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Tip: It’s not just about Alcatraz and the bathrooms are on the second floor.

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Melissa Hester
Pascagoula, MS
2 Reviews
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"Watch your back Lol"
October 2022
It's amazing?? learning all the history in the criminals and appreciated the law men involved in their capture. Lot's of personal items you get to see.
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Tip: It's so awesome and the employee's are great??

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Jordan Sampson
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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"Very thorough"
October 2022
So many rooms and things to see. I loved that it started in the Middle Ages and went up through current times. There was a lot to see and you could tell they keep up to date with current events. Recommend for all true crime fans.
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Tip: Set aside a good few hours and get there early to avoid a long line

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Dustin Edwards
Dalton , GA
9 Reviews
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September 2022
Staff was friendly facilities were clean but overall just a boring experience should be just labeled a museum that’s what it is
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Tip: Not much to do with Alcatraz

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Frequently Asked Questions about Alcatraz East Crime Museum

What are the Alcatraz Pigeon Forge hours of operation?

The Alcatraz Museum Pigeon Forge is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Hours are subject to change based on seasonality or events. Check the hours and availability of your preferred days in the ticket section above!

How long should we stay in 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 Alcatraz East Crime 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.