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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Aaron G
Phoenix, Arizona
"Wow! This is a Must"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2020 NEW
We traveled to the Pigeon Forge Area after our previous trip got canceled. We were looking for somewhat safe things to do inside and came across this museum/experience. We are all major Forensic Files/Murder Show fans and so thought this would be a little fun thing to see. Honestly, we were not expecting much, thinking it would be a tourist trap. WOW! We were wrong. It was an excellent experience. They actually have collected -somehow - a great collection of artifacts. They have organized them in a way that encourages you to take your time. We'd highly recommend this place for true crime fans. It is not - as we expected - some sort of sideshow attraction but actually exciting.
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Disneyfan142
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Interesting museum, lots to read"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 04, 2020 NEW
We enjoyed this. There is a lot of reading involved, so kids might not like it as much. They cover a wide time period of crime stories with interesting facts and some items from those events.
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BelindaW326
Layton, Florida
"Worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 03, 2020 NEW
We really enjoyed this museum. Interesting facts and artifacts. Especially good if you’re interested in serial killers, mobsters, or history in general.
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scotttT6268CI
"Nice History Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 03, 2020 NEW
Enjoyed the history museum. Very informative and laid out well to see all. Probably suited for adults.
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rumrunner1365
South Carolina
"Good but..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020 NEW
We spent the extra $5 for the scavenger hunt and I think that made this venture a little more worthwhile. Tons and tons of information and placards and that means a ton of reading and after the first few sections I don’t want to read much anymore. Would’ve been better if there was more of an interactive feel to immerse oneself into in each section instead of just reading. There were a few video kiosks and a couple of interactive things so overall it wasn’t a waste. I’d recommend for those who love true crime and history, not so much for those that get bored easily.
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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.