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

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Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer
Kiln, MS
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Alcatraz East Crime Museum"
November, 2018
We had a great time! It was super interesting & we can't wait to bring out kids back to enjoy it also.
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Tip: Takes about 3 hours.

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Jason Salyers
Princeton, WV
1 Review
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"VERY cool!!"
October, 2018
We spent around 4 hours in the museum and could have easily stayed longer. So much cool stuff! Loved it and would highly recommend it.
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Victoria R.
McMurray, PA
3 Reviews
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"Very Educational"
August, 2018
This was definitely an educational experience. The whole family enjoyed the fun.
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Tip: Paying extra for the audio tour wasn't worth it because everything is thoroughly documented throughout the museum.

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Cynthia Weaver
Bowie, MD
1 Review
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"Not what I expected"
August, 2018
It was ok. I will not be doing that again. All it was reading boards after boards. The website said it was interacted. I did not see much of that and it did have interesting pictures. The website should said that kids under the age of 10 should not come. It was boarding to them. So of the exhibits did not work either for interaction.
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Tip: Keep youi little ones at home.

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Amber Grigston
Monroe, NC
3 Reviews
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"Very cool!"
July, 2018
Had a date night out with the hubby, sister and her boyfriend. Loved the different sections! My favorite was the World Trade Center remembrance and driving the cop car after OJ Simpson in the Bronco! Haha
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Tip: It takes 3-4 hours to go throug

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Betty Miller
Augusta, GA
13 Reviews
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"Very Interesting"
July, 2018
I really enjoyed it very informative and educational. The kids even enjoyed it they had things for them as well. I was very impressed.
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Tip: This is very nice We spent as least 3 hours there.

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belinda Geyer
GRAYSON, KY
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Alcatraz!!"
July, 2018
we had a blast here, we got the VIP package, make sure you don't have any other reservations after this because you can spend hours in here!!
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Tip: have fun and crack the safe!!

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Candie Tanner
douglas, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Alcatraz"
July, 2018
We absolutely loved this museum. We spent about 3 hours in here just submerging ourselves in the sights and trying to "crack" the safe. I highly recommend it. We got the VIP deal and we loved it.
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Tip: plan to spend time there, there are alot of things to look at and read.

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Jessieraines
Lady's Island, South Carolina
"Most bang for your buck"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Definitely not for young children but ours took a nap in the stroller. Expect to spend over an hour going through it if you like to read everything. A lot of really cool info dating back to the days of Billy the Kid all the way to current. It has a lot of cool hands on things as well!
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Sherry W
Nashville, Tennessee
"Unusual and Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
This was a very interesting place. There is so much to look at, read and ponder give yourself 2-3 hours. There are different sections as you walk through, such as serial killers, murder and kidnap victims, missing persons, law enforcement, CSI, and a special section to remember 9-11. That's not all, just a sample. I found out so much that I never knew in regard to well known crimes and how prisons are run - lots of info about the past. It is also pretty to up to date with well known crimes. Do not stop here if you need to be somewhere soon - come back when you can take your time.
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Buckwheat317
Richmond, Virginia
"Awesome Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018 NEW
My wife and I were in Pigeon Forge TN for a vacation and Alcatraz East Crime Museum was on our list to possibly visit. We finally made our way. The cashier was very professional and even offered up a 1st responder discount with my FD ID. Not knowing what to expect it was a really educational experience. We found some cool exhibits that we knew of and some that we learned about. Some of the things we really liked were the serial killer exhibits, gangster/prohibition exhibits and even had OJ's Bronco to view. We spent about 2 hours in the museum. Diffidently would recommend a visit if you like crime history.
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round2014
Cleveland, Ohio
"Very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
We have visited the real Alcatraz, but this was a little different. It is more of a crime museum than an Alcatraz museum. Criminals from various eras and genres. I liked it very much. Takes about 3 hours for a complete tour.
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denisemE3623NW
"Awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2018 NEW
My husband and I spent 3 hours and could of stayed longer. The exhibits are fascinating and very well displayed
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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.