Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East is a 19th century themed museum located in Pigeon Forge that is a true crime fan’s must do when visiting the Smokies. 

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum – What to Expect

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

This new museum is located at The Island, which is located on the parkway in Pigeon Forge. It is near Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and the Margaritaville Hotel.

The museum owner, John Morgan, was inspired to do this project after visiting Alcatraz in San Francisco over 20 years ago states Vaccarello, So it’s only fitting that we create John’s original vision.

This interactive museum features a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about our justice system, criminal intent and profiles, our nation’s penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, law enforcement, forensic science and they will get to participate in interactive displays and see original artifacts.

Interactive features awaiting you at the museum are a CSI lab, a simulated shooting range, safe cracking, digitial fingerprinting and DUI interactive safety training.
Some of the permanent artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection that are awaiting visitons include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronoco from the OJ chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, items related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, and Ted Bundy’s VW Bug, a typewriter that he used in prison, and his trial dental mold, as well as the latest in law enforcement technology.

Alcatraz East

The museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable journey into the history of American crime and its consequence, law enforcement, forensic science and crime scene investigation through a captivating interactive and entertaining education experience.

According to Paula Deen, “I’m looking forward to having Alcatraz East as my neighbor!  I’m fascinated with forensic science,”  “After spending time at the museum, people can stop in for a good meal.  Together we make a great family friendly combination for spending a day at the Island in Pigeon Forge”.

There will be five themes for guests to explore and 20 different exhibit areas; history of American crime, the consequence of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting and pop culture.

If you are planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and are planning to visit Alcatraz East, here are some answers to a few questions you may have:

How Much are the Tickets?

General admission tickets are $14.95 for children and $24.95 for adults.

When is the Museum Open?


Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. 

What Hotels are Nearby?

Courtyard by Marriott Pigeon Forge
The Inn on the River
Margaritaville Island Inn
Mountain Breeze Motel

What Restaurants are Nearby?

Pigeon Forge Deli
Bullfish Grill
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Frizzel Chicken Farmhouse Cafe
Blue Moose Burgers & Wings

How Big is the Alcatraz East Crime Museum?


The museum is spread over two floors and encompasses 24,000 sq. feet!


This museum is an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. This is a family friendly attraction that is located near The Island. 

To learn more, head to their website at: www.alcatrazeast.com.


 Photos are courtesy of Alcatraz East. 

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