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Alcatraz East Crime Museum

2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3214
+1 865-453-3278
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Very interesting

We decided to go to this museum because the weather wasn't too good. It took us about 3 hours to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Alicea R
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Bernville, Pennsylvania, United States
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Very interesting

If you like museums and crime history, you'll love this place. A lot of reading if you don't do the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
WaterfallsLover
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Jersey Shore
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Alcatraz 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.Explore American History from a different perspective. Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. The museum is 25,000 square feet spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“law enforcement” (54 reviews)
“old west” (23 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3214
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+1 865-453-3278
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to go to this museum because the weather wasn't too good. It took us about 3 hours to go through. There were many interesting facts in the museum. I think my favorite was the forensic section and the serial killers. The museum was...More

Thank Alicea R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you like museums and crime history, you'll love this place. A lot of reading if you don't do the audio tour (costs $5 extra dollars). Pictures were ridiculously expensive but they were neat. Why they don't charge $5 a picture or something reasonable is...More

Thank WaterfallsLover
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum is nice and full of info. I just wish they would take Alcatraz out of the name. Not much history or info at all on the actual prison. If you’re into the history of crime, then this is your place. I should have...More

Thank clark9348
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is plenty of free parking. It starts off with the Wild West and works it way thru modern times. It covers mobsters, serial killers, Oklahoma City Bombing and 9/11. It has a CSI exhibit which was very neat along with many interactive exhibits. If...More

Thank Crich426
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a waste of money . Very little to do about Alcatraz . All it has is a bunch of pictures about different crimes . Keep your money .

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I really enjoyed this museum. Lots of information to absorb. Starts with a great view of the history of crime and goes into crime investigation. Also has good exhibits on serial killers and 9/11. Lots of walking but places to sit throughout. I would recommend...More

1  Thank BogeyBuster
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect here—was it going to be too campy? I can say here that it was not. This was a super in-depth and educational experience! We spent almost 4 hours in there! The exhibits and artifacts were well presented and each...More

Thank Jim F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Museum was well worth the 5 hour drive from Georgia. If you have an interest in crime, this is the place for you. It takes you back to basically the Mayflower with crime & punishment through the years. But also categories the different type of...More

1  Thank Debbie S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Who know that this place could be so interesting. Pay the extra money and do the Top Detective portion of the tour. Kids and adults both loved it.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went there expecting to learn all about Alcatraz. There was a small display, the rest was about the history of crime an criminals. Had nothing to do with Alcatraz !! Very disappointing for us.More

Thank Anna M
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mabarker2016, Public Relations Manager at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We hate to hear that you were disappointed with your visit and the museum’s contents. Our building was inspired by a trip to Alcatraz, and while we look like a prison on the outside, we are a Crime Museum, as our name indicates. We try...More

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jwilliams5677
June 4, 2018|
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May 2, 2018|
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It's not graphic or gory in the sense that it'll traumatize them. There are a few real crime photos in certain sections but because of the way the museum is laid out,it'd be easy to bypass those images. There is a laser... More
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lostcajun
February 24, 2018|
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I think a young child would be very bored. It's mostly history of crime. There is a section on serial killers that is more current. But most everything else is historical in nature. And like many others have said there are... More
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