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

NEW Temporary Exhibit - "It Happened Here"
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 April 2019.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, and the exhibit will include items that belonged to assassin James Earl Ray and related to the nearby Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary where he was held.

Legendary lawman Buford Pusser will be featured, along with crime stories local to Sevier County, such as the Perry Camp Murders, and the little-known Knoxville native and inmate at Alcatraz Penitentiary, Kenneth Jones. He was one of only two inmates released directly from Alcatraz Island. “It Happened Here” will also include notables such as labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, moonshiner Popcorn Sutton, and President Andrew Jackson.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

10 Reviews
Shelly Nuckols
Rockville, VA
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Incredible Crime Museum"
June, 2018 NEW
Learned a lot, saw lots of actual stuff from Serial killers, 9/11, Bombings. Also learned how police investigate and got to match ballistics. My nephew wants to be a State Policeman and he loved every bit of the museum. We really enjoyed the heist. The VIP tickets are worth it.
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Freda McBride
Sparta, TN
2 Reviews
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"Very fun"
April, 2018
We really injoyed it we learned alot
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Tip: Make sure you do the scavenger hunt

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Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer
Cartersville, GA
1 Review
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"Unforgettable experience"
April, 2018
This was such a blast and well worth the money you are paying. There’s so much information to learn and read about. Amazing to experience all of the history! Staff was really friendly and helpful.
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Tip: I wish we would’ve given ourselves more time to walk through and read everything.

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Melissa Beall
Grand Haven, MI
9 Reviews
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"Great time"
April, 2018
We watch a lot of crime TV and this place looked really interesting. Many exhibits and lots of interesting facts to read about. Fun interactive pieces as well, such as posing in a line up and getting into a police car. We had general tickets and it was well worth the money and time.
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Tip: Parking here is not well planned. We battled for a spot and although there is additional parking in the back, the boot store next door reserves many of the spots for its customers.

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Kimberly F.
Landrum, SC
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"First time"
April, 2018
Was a very interesting museum. Really enjoyed
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Dawnita Hernandez
Somerset , KY
3 Reviews
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"Awesome"
March, 2018
By far the best thing for a crime lover! Must see!
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Jerry Bishop
Attapulgus, GA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"GREAT"
February, 2018
I TOOK MY WIFE AND TEEN SONS THERE ON DECEMBER 20 OF 2017. WE REALLY ENJOYED THE MUSEUM.
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Tip: GO WHEN YOU CAN SPEND AT LEAST TWO HOURS THERE.

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melissa lovette
Henrico, VA
2 Reviews
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"Great experience"
February, 2018
We had so much fun learning about crime. I liked the more dated things but learning the past was fun too. A lot of interactive. Definitely worth the purchase for audio.
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Tip: Walking shoes ready and come with an open mind ready to learn.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Leah T
"Just Okay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
The museum was just okay. It was nothing astounding. It was a little high priced in my opinion for what was there. If you really enjoy facts, you might really enjoy this place.
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Betsy D
Cuba, Kentucky, United States
"Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
It was fun going through the Alcatraz Crime Museum and reading about all the criminals of the past. The have a CSI lab too, really nice for crime buffs!
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Bigtimer56
"Cousins trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
There are a lot of interesting artifacts. But there is tons of reading and with younger children it was kind of hard to keep there attention. Bathrooms are half way threw the place so not good it you have to try and take the kids to the restrooms first thing when you get there.
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DDay1959
Cookeville, Tennessee
"Awesome museum attraction "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
On our last visit to Pigeon Forge we spotted this attraction and had decided to visit. We really enjoyed all the artifacts and information regarding crime, law enforcement, punishment, and forensics. This museum focuses primarily on America but there are some artifacts from Europe. I really enjoyed the part about the 1920’s gangster era. There was also a piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center and the famous OJ Simpson white Bronco. I highly recommend this attraction and plan to stay 3-4 hours.
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3musketeers2000
Shreveport, Louisiana
"All things criminal - more than Alcatraz"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
Quite interesting for those curious about crime stories. There are exhibits from medieval times up to a few years ago. The exhibits include information from both the good and bad. It's more for older kids and adults. You'll spend more time there than you think. It's worth a visit.
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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.