Pigeon Forge, TN has become my go to “Getaway” vacation spot for either a solo or family trip. I recently collaborated with Margaritaville Island Hotel and the Island at Pigeon Forge to review the Island and the hotel. While reviewing Margaritaville Island Hotel (click here for deals) I saw the sign for Alcatraz East Crime Museum and since your girl is a crime buff and I love CSI, Law and Order and Snapped I quickly dropped my bags off at the hotel and Alcatraz East Crime Museum was my first stop in Pigeon Forge.
What exactly is Alcatraz East?
Alcatraz East is a crime museum that looks into some of the most notorious crimes in history and includes artefacts from crimes that have occurred throughout history. The museum focuses on so much more than just the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.
Alcatraz East Museum is located at the entrance of the Island in Pigeon Forge and has 25,000 sq ft of crime exhibits and highlighting 5 themes:
- History of American Crime
- Consequences of Crime
- Crime Fighting
- Counterfeit & Pop Culture
Alcatraz East gives a good history lesson of crime in America, starting with the colonial period and hitting every major era until the present. My personal favorite was the section devoted to the old west. I loved seeing original artifacts from Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James just to name a few.
The museum also touches on pirates, mobsters, bootlegging, domestic terrorism, and many aspects of crime. There was also a “crime lab” where you can discover tools and methods used by actual crime scene techs to investigate modern crimes.
The museum is completely interactive which allows visitors to attempt to solve crimes by reading and answering clues along the way. Some of the interactive features will be a CSI lab, shooting range, safe cracking, digital fingerprinting, and DUI safety training.
Alcatraz also covers white-collar crimes and serial killers throughout history.
Not only where their items from the wild wild west but there are also artifacts from the more recent terror attacks from the 2012 Benghazi attack.
Alcatraz is not only for adults but kids can enjoy the museum as well by participating in the following:
- Jail Cell Escape
- Prohibition Shooting Gallery
- Modern Police Shooting Range
- Heist Laser Maze
- Numerous Photo Ops
- Our Top Detective Challenge!
I would highly recommend Alcatraz East to anyone I know. It was educational, fun, and had very exciting stories that you hear along the way.
If you are a crime buff or someone in your family loves figuring out “who done it” make sure you put Pigeon Forge on your bucket list and click here for the latest deals at Margaritaville Island Hotel.
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