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Key Info

2757 Parkway

Price & Hours

$26.95 for adults; $14.95 for kids 8-12
10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

People interested in crime, history and mysteries will appreciate the wealth of exhibits at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Sprawled across 25,000 square feet of space, the museum is designed to look like a a blend of Alcatraz Island prison and the Tennessee state prison. It includes 100-plus interactive exhibits across five galleries that highlight criminal profiles, victims' stories, forensic science, law enforcement and more. Two notorious artifacts you can view at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum include O.J. Simpson's white Ford Bronco and Ted Bundy's Volkswagen Beetle. Visitors can learn about police lineups, lie detector tests, DNA, blood analysis, fingerprinting, counterfeit crimes and more. The museum also features temporary exhibits, so be sure to check the website to see what will be on display during your visit.

"Informative" and "fascinating" are a few ways recent patrons described the museum. Most said this will be better for families with older kids like teenagers, due to the nature of the content and the amount of reading.

The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It's located at The Island in Pigeon Forge and there are several free parking lots available on-site. Tickets cost $26.95 for adults (ages 13 to 60); $19.95 for seniors (61 and older) and $14.95 for kids (ages 8 to 12); children 7 and younger are granted free admission. Group rates are available but you must contact the museum's sales team for a quote. The venue sells snacks and drinks, but there are also plenty of eateries at The Island for visitors to grab some more substantial food. Keep in mind, flash photography is not allowed. To see what types of exhibits you'll explore and to buy tickets, visit the museum's website.

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