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Alcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in-depth look at American crime history, which includes artifacts from lots of different eras and topics, not just the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.

The museum has five galleries: History of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, The Consequence of Crime, Crime Fighting and Pop Culture.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum first had roots in Washington, DC in 2008, but shut down in September 2015 after the landlord terminated the lease. The new museum, named for the prison that inspired the DC museum with a nod to our new home in East Tennessee, opened in December 2016 in a one-of-kind building designed as a combination of Tennessee’s first state prison and guard towers inspired by the Alcatraz lighthouse. The two-story building offers over 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.

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Alcatraz East is a crime museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was formerly the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, DC. The museum gives a behind-the-scenes look at crime history in America including artifacts from Alcatraz.


How long do I need to plan to be there?

2 to 3 hours is a good amount of time. If you love “all things crime” you could spend all day there!

Are there lockers available for use during my visit?

The museum has lockers that are available for rent on a first come first serve basis.

Is the museum suitable for everyone of all ages?

Yes, it is suitable for everyone! The museum has mature content, but the younger audiences only see the fun things for them to do. This is a place where both you and your children will be engaged.

Is there a place to eat at the museum?

Drinks and snacks are available at the museum, but there is no eating facility available.