Alcatraz East Museum features an in-depth look at American crime history. We may look like a prison on the outside, but inside are hundreds of crime related and law enforcement artifacts from throughout our history.

When visiting Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this past summer we had a chance to spend some time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. There are so many things to do in Pigeon Forge that this might not seem like an attraction that would make the cut but I am telling you that this museum should be moved up on the list of things to do. Although this attraction was appealing to the older members of the family, even our 13-year-old, we were a bit concerned about how our 4-year-old would react. Would it be too scary, would he be bored? At first, he was a bit apprehensive but as we moved through there were plenty of exhibits and things to keep his interest.

The building itself looks like a prison, complete with a prisoner scaling the front wall and a police car parked out front. This feel continues as you walk into the museum. After gathering your ticket and stopping for a quick family photo you start your journey into the history of crime. The exhibits take you through different periods of time as well as breaking down different types of crime. You see artifacts from the Old West all the way to some tragic modern day events. Each item complete with explanation and context. There are also interactive elements such as trying to crack a safe, trying your hand at a sobriety checkpoint with some beer goggles on, a shooting range, and even the ability to walk into some prison cells.

While some might find the content a bit morbid, there is an importance to understanding these events and find closure in this understanding. That being said there are definitely moments when traveling through this museum that you will feel a sense of sadness. There was an exhibit for the tragic events of 9/11 and a short video talking about the events. I’m not sure that there was a dry eye when walking through and watching this video. Again, I think this type of thing is important from time to time to remember and to be able to move forward as well.

Everyone in the family really enjoyed the Alcatraz East Crime Museum and speaking for myself I would say that I could return for another visit as I believe there were some exhibits that I didn’t really get to take in as much as I would have liked. There was so much information mixed in with the fun. As a parent, I also appreciate the way that the museum would balance the dark subject of crime by mixing in the interactive elements of a lighter nature. At one point we were all able to take our fingerprint on a machine and it would print out a card letting you know your crime. My mom and youngest son were guilty of burglary and I was in for DUI. There was also a chance to find yourself in a police lineup which leads to some great photo opportunities.

I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this museum and sharing more details but the point is this. If you find yourself heading to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee be sure to make your way over to Alcatraz East Crime Museum. It is right next to The Island so you could make a day of it by taking in the museum and heading over to The Island for some more fun.

The information below is taken from their website as of March 18, 2018. Be sure to click here to visit their official site for more information and updated pricing.

TICKETS

***Law Enforcement, Military and Sevier County must purchase their tickets at the door to get the discounted rate.
***Children 7 and under are free.

This ticket includes admission into Alcatraz East with over 100 interactive exhibits!
Law/Military:
$18.95
Sevier County:
$18.95

General Admission W/ Audio Tour:

This ticket includes admission into Alcatraz East with over 100 interactive exhibits & an audio tour. The audio tour is narrated by Anchorman Bill Kurtis, most famously known for his narration of “Cold Case Files.” The audio tour compliments your journey through the history of American crime with songs, fun facts & exclusive gallery insights.
Law/Military:
$23.95
Sevier County:
$23.95

General Admission W/ Top Detective Challenge:

This ticket includes admission into Alcatraz East with over 100 interactive exhibits & our Top Detective Challenge guide book. You have been tasked with finding a missing artifact from the Museum’s private collection. While exploring the Museum you will answer a series of questions containing clues; these answers will help you crack the code and solve the case. *This activity is fun for all ages!
Law/Military:
$23.95
Sevier County:
$23.95

General Admission W/ The Heist:

This ticket includes admission into Alcatraz East with over 100 interactive exhibits & The Heist! Maneuver your way through an advanced technology laser security system in order to lift a precious work of art. *This activity is fun for all ages!
Law/Military:
$23.95
Sevier County:
$23.95

VIP Admission – Best Deal!

This ticket includes admission into Alcatraz East with over 100 interactive exhibits, one Audio Tour, one Top Detective Challenge guide book and the “Heist!”
Law/Military:
$28.95
Sevier County:
$28.95

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