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

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Catherine S.
Jamestown, TN
6 Reviews
"Well worth it"
April, 2017
Neat place to go if you have time. LOTS and LOTS to read and look at throughout! Don't think it would be great for small kids as they would probably lose interest, but for us history geeks, this is the place!
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Tip: Have plenty of time to look- took us 3 1/2 hours!

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Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer
Lawrenceburg, KY
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Cool experience"
April, 2017
It was a neat place to see. Wish they had more hands on things to do tho because it is ALOT of reading! You would have to spend hours and hours there to read all the different things. But some of it was pretty neat. Prob not for children tho they would get bored easily with it.
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DixieDawg221
Nashville, Tennessee
"Excellent"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
I've studied about the real Alcatraz. This was very factual. All the famous criminals had information about them in here. You had a self guided tour recorder that cost a little extra but well worth it. You can go as slow or fast as you like. It's also interactive. Well worth the money.
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ladyk30
Lynchburg, Tennessee
"It’s worth the money. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2018 NEW
My wife and I with our three teenagers visited the museum today. Be prepared to spend shy of 200.00 for 5 people just for general admission. With that being said you do get what you pay for. We were there for 3 hours, which is pleasing given that it is about history and something interesting to our kids. Museum has a lot of different things, be prepared to do a lot of reading. The only down fall I have is it does not have a lot about Alcatraz itself and that is what we would have really enjoyed seeing. All and all it’s a great experience and we enjoyed it !
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crystalste
"Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2018 NEW
It was a good lesson in different types of punishment. It also had a history of different crimes over the years. We liked it.
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Mcigrl
"Very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2018 NEW
We took our 11 year old over the weekend. We were not sure what to expect. There were lots of educational info. Tons of reading to be done at each display! We didn’t know they had an area on serial killers. Maybe they need to advertise that more. We did The Heist which was fun as a family and helped keep our child entertained. We spent 2 hours and I felt like we could have spent longer inside.
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andybren01
Williamsport, Indiana, United States
"Interesting but very little about Alcatraz"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
There was a lot of interesting facts, a lot of reading. Overall this was boring for younger members of our group. Lacks interaction. Wish we would have known it was a self guided reading tour about the history of all crime. Very overpriced.
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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.