Have you gotten to see or at least heard of one of our more unique attractions that recently came into Pigeon Forge? It’s called Alcatraz East and it isn’t quite like anything else around – a museum dedicated the history of crime and application of justice.
We have many museums in our area and some of them go into the chilling and yet morbidly intriguing history of crime throughout history – the Guinness World of Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and some others, but none feature as much content with as much focus on the weird, wild mythos of jail life and jail lifers that Alcatrez East does. The museum is located prominently on the parkway in Pigeon Forge in front of The Island and next to the Comedy Barn – trust us, you won’t be able to miss it!
From their website:
“Explore American history from a different perspective in five unique galleries that burrow deep into criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and our justice system. The museum is 25,000 square feet, spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.
The Galleries Include:
A Notorious History of American Crime:
This gallery features the evolution of crime and criminals, from greed-driven pirates and gunslingers of the Old West, to today’s white-collar criminals, events such as 9/11, and our infamous getaway cars exhibit, including the Bronco from the O.J. Simpson chase.
Punishment: The Consequence of Crime:
From a police lineup, to mug shots, a lie detector test, and experiencing the cold iron bars and claustrophobia of a jail cell, the museum presents the severe consequences of crime.
Crime Scene Investigation:
Learn how to solve crime through the use of forensic science, such as ballistics, DNA and blood analysis, fingerprinting, and facial reconstruction.
From local police officers, to famous lawmen, such as Eliot Ness and Buford Pusser, and federal agencies like the FBI, the Crime Fighting gallery showcases the vast network of law enforcement agencies and departments dedicated to keeping our neighborhoods and country safe.
Counterfeit Crimes & Pop Culture:
Have you ever bought a designer purse or watch on Canal Street in NYC? Camouflaged as a coveted brand, but at a price a bit too good to be true? Enter the world of counterfeit crimes. The illegal traffic and sale of counterfeit goods is a trillion-dollar industry that goes way beyond luxury goods, and includes medication and electronics that could affect you and your family’s healthy and safety. This gallery also features crimes related to entertainment figures and sports stars.”
See more on Alcatraz Crime Museum at https://www.alcatrazeast.com.