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

7 Reviews
Melissa Beall
Grand Haven, MI
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
April, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
Was a very interesting museum. Really enjoyed
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Dawnita Hernandez
Somerset , KY
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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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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Jennifer M
"really cool museum!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2018 NEW
I was really impressed by the artifacts and displays museum offered! Not sure how much kids would enjoy it (little kids in presence were bored, teens might have been if they had an interest in crime / history).
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purplepassion15
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Just OK"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
This tour was just ok. If you love history and crime, you probably have seen and read most of the things you will see in this museum. You will do a LOT of reading on this tour, not as many artifacts as I expected. And some of the artifacts are just replicas, not authentic items. I did the audio tour, definitely not worth it, even though it was only $5. There were no employees to engage with or ask questions to throughout the tour. I actually got a little bored.
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Tammy W
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
"Lots to look at"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
We spent about 2 hours in the museum. It starts with the Dark Ages and continues on with Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde and several other outlaws. Some original photos and artifacts. The have an entire room with a movie dedicated to 9/11. Their is a poaching exhibit, and a room dedicated to forensics. There is a lot of reading but even without reading every last thing there is a lot to see. We all found it interesting. My 18 year old enjoyed the cars, OJ Simpson, Bonnie and Clyde etc...don’t go without a $2 coupon for each admission, at the moment it’s $25 to get in.
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Susan E
Auburn
"Amazing amount of information"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
This museum is eye catching from the outside to say the least. We weren’t sure what to expect so we went in to ask. The cashier was helpful. We thought the price seemed a bit high but with a veterans discount it helped quite a bit. There are so many displays it took us almost 3 hrs to go through and I’m sure we didn’t see everything. Crime and punishment from medieval days to the present is what the museum is about. This took a lot of work to put together. Fantastic.
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Susannah K
"Definitely worth the visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2018 NEW
This was a very interesting trip for my husband and I. I'm fascinated by crimes and history so this was right up my alley. The best part though was the laser room they had. Very interactive and very fun. We we're like little kids, constantly redoing it until we we're out of breath! Would definitely recommend!
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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.