What is Alcatraz East?

alcatraz-eastAlcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in-depth look at American crime history, which includes artifacts from lots of different eras and topics, not just the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.

The museum has five galleries: History of Crime, The Consequence of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Fighting and Pop Culture/Counterfeit Crimes.

From white-collar crimes, to Old West gunslingers, the museum features original artifacts from Jesse James to Whitey Bulger. Things to watch for include 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. Within those galleries are 28 topic areas with interactive exhibits and over 500 authentic artifacts that the entire family can enjoy.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum first had roots in Washington, DC in 2008, but shut down in September 2015 after the landlord terminated the lease. The new museum, named for the prison that inspired the DC museum with a nod to our new home in East Tennessee, opened in December 2016 in a one-of-kind building designed as a combination of Tennessee’s first state prison and guard towers inspired by the Alcatraz lighthouse. The two-story building offers over 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.


bronco-300x169The White Ford Bronco that carried a frantic and suicidal OJ Simpson during the most famous televised car chase is our guest’s favorite artifact so far! Visit our Facebook page to see our awesome views.


New Temporary Exhibits NOW OPEN!

WildlifeIvory, Tortoise Shell & Fur: The Ugly Truth Of Wildlife Trafficking. From capture to trade, there is an international crisis concerning protected species in the wild.



Scamalot: Conquering The Con A Look at Crimes Against Senior Citizens.  Encounter fraud in its various forms, including impostor scams, investment fraud and lottery scams.


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