Visit Alcatraz East Crime Museum – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Have you ever heard of Alcatraz? Well, now they have a museum right in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee!!! Alcatraz East is a one of a kind crime museum, recently opened in December 2016. Travel back in time to the wild west or even take a visit to a crime lab! This museum seriously has it all. There is so much history in this building and so many things to read and even do, including hands-on activities!
They had many famous cases in history, but also very recent cases. The building itself was quite interesting in its design. When you park it truly looks like a small prison sitting right there by the island in Pigeon forge (If you look close enough you may see a prisoner trying to escape).
When you walk in pay attention to the details like the ‘ropes” made out of handcuffs. You walk into a mini prison complete with cells up above!
We were given small audio devices to listen to through our experience which was very nice since there was so much to look at.
My husband enjoyed sitting in the replica patrol car and we both enjoyed the tribute video to 9/11.
Be sure to check out the laser game. We had a blast trying to break as many beams as possible. My husband may have enjoyed trying to see my “short self” reach the high beams. Lucky for me we didn’t buy a video.
I will be visiting again when my family comes to visit. If you are in the area do not pass this place up!!!
Here is synopsis of the museum:
Visitors to Alcatraz East will appreciate the exterior façade, which is of a 19th century prison. The look was inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco, and offers 24,000 square feet of space in a two-story museum. With over 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture, there is something of interest to everyone.
Some of the highlights of the many crime artifacts on display at the museum include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronco from the OJ chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, items related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, the latest in law enforcement technology, and a variety of other artifacts.
These artifacts, which include firearms, detection equipment, prison art, and automobiles, come from hundreds of justice and law enforcement divisions nationwide, including several from the state of Tennessee. Items to note from The Volunteer State are the polygraph machine used on Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray, along with items belonging to outlaw Jesse James, confiscated moonshine stills, a display on Dr. William Bass of the Body Farm, Tennessee police badges, and a centerpiece of the new museum, Tennessee’s electric chair, “Old Smokey,” used in 125 executions from 1916-1960. The museum also features numerous Tennessee stories, such as the Scopes Monkey Trial, Sheriff Buford Pusser, and the Wild Bunch.
The new crime museum is located at the entrance to The Island, at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. They are located near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. 865-453-3278
Open from 10am-9pm
Open 365 days a year
Holiday hours may vary*
General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum will be open 365 days per year, from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alcatrazeast.com.
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