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What is Alcatraz East?

alcatraz-eastAlcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in depth look at American Crime History which includes artifacts from Alcatraz, but this is not a Museum dedicated solely to Alcatraz.

The museum is divided in five galleries: History of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, The Consequence of Crime, Crime Fighting and Pop Culture. Within those five galleries there are 28 areas which have interactive exhibits and over 500 artifacts that the entire family can enjoy.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum first had roots in Washington, DC. The original concept was built in our nation’s capital with John Walsh as one of the founders. The DC museum opened on May 23, 2008, but forcefully closed to the public on September 30, 2015 after the landlord terminated the lease. The decision was then made to open a new, but similar museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. The name was selected after owner, John Morgan, toured Alcatraz prison in San Francisco, California. The “East” comes from us landing in East Tennessee. Our opening date in East Tennessee was December 16, 2016.


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 Exhibit Coming May 2017:

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.

ALCATRAZ EAST’S Photo Gallery:

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