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

22 Reviews
Victoria R.
McMurray, PA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very Educational"
August, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"Very cool!"
July, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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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Stephanie Carey
Bowersville , GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"So educational!!! Exciting!!"
June, 2018
I loved this museum!! All of it!!! My family did as well!! Fun for all ages!!! My group is 18 mo - 40 yrs old and we had no complaints!! Well worth the trip!! We got the VIP deal, totally interactive!!! Will recommend it!!
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Tip: If you are going if recommend devoting 3 or 4 hrs in here to get the best memorable experiance!!

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Shirley J.
Easley, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Alcatraz Museum"
June, 2018
From the moment you walk in the doors, you are immersed in sights, sounds and hands on participation of everything from the primitive ages corporal punishments and portrayals of fugitives. Lots of interactive puzzles for children and adults. See actual artifacts of some of crime histories greatest perpetrators and their final outcomes.
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Tip: Pictures are allowed and chewing gum is not.

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Dyana D
Nineveh
"Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2018 NEW
This was a fun experience for my husband and I. I would highly recommend making a pit stop here if you are near The Island.I dont think you will be disappointed. Gift shop here was fun also.
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wanderlust312015
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Wow! A must do ! Very interesting !!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2018 NEW
This is an absolute must do if you like the crime shows, are interested in history or just love to see things you haven’t seen before. The museum starts off in a “through the ages “ style of describing crimes, famous criminals , lots of artifacts and more. There are lots of interactive things to do along the way. Bring a little cash as they shooting game in the moonshine area is really fun. We spent three hours before we realized we were only 2/3 of the way through. So we went through the rest and only read some of the items. Had we had more time I would have enjoyed reading everything. There were a lot of old historical guns. Very nice tribute area to officers. The crime lab area that showed different techniques in crime investigation was very neat. There needs to be more benches to rest for those that have trouble standing that long. We bought the audio tour for each of us. You can share one though because there is so much to read and look at in each section you can easily share the audio. You really don’t even need it if you like to read all the information pieces. I do think there needs to be an expansion to expose more of the crimes against animals. The section exposing the Michael Vick dog fighting was informative for those not familiar with the crimes but not enough attention given to the heinous crimes against animals.
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bc98vc
Bristol, Virginia
"Interesting and Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018 NEW
We decided to stop and visit the Alcatraz East on a recent weekend away. It was filled with all kinds of interesting artifacts and displays. There is a lot of reading on the self guided tour, but audio devices are available when you purchase your tickets if you would rather listen instead. The museum has several interactive displays as well. It was worth every penny. We spent nearly 3 hours roaming the rooms. Definitely a must do when in Pigeon Forge.
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Steve P
Safety Harbor, Florida
"Fun Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018 NEW
Spent a rainy day in the museum. My wife is a huge fan so I thought I would go along. We bought the total experience with the crime challenge and the mystery challenge. I have to say it was a lot of fun. My 15 year old was really interested in the audio tour, it was very educational. The complete tour takes roughly 3 hours if you do it right. Well worth the price of admission!
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marycmacdonald
Fredericton, Canada
"Crime history galore"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2018 NEW
Has lots of crime history from cowboy days to prolific serial killers personal items.teaches a little about crime scene investigation.
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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.