Hailing at the entrance to The Island in Pigeon Forge, Alcatraz East Crime Museum boasts interactive exhibits and original artifacts from events throughout the history of crime in the United States. The museum has something for all ages, spanning from educational exhibits about our justice system and forensics to historical accounts of infamous criminals. The museum itself is 25,000 square feet, spread over two floors and features over 100 interactive elements.
For the second half of 2019, Alcatraz East is launching a brand new exhibit featuring prison art created by incarcerated artists. The new exhibit opens to the public on August 23, 2019 and will run through the spring of 2020, leaving you plenty of time to plan your visit.
For this museum exhibit, Alcatraz teamed up with the California-based P.A.T.H. (Prison Arts Touching Hearts) to make these artworks available to the public here in Pigeon Forge. The organization, which focuses on providing a platform and voice for incarcerated artists, also helps to support prison art rehabilitation programs and provide opportunities for artists to sell their work to support community causes.
The exhibit will also include some never displayed Alcatraz artifacts from the museum’s collection. These objects include handcuffs from Alcatraz, a guard’s ID and prisoner roster pamphlet with handwritten notes, Al Capone’s rosary, and rare artwork made by an inmate while incarcerated at Alcatraz.
The museum continues to bring new artifacts and exhibits to keep things interesting to new and returning guests. If you’ve yet to visit, now is the perfect time to plan a getaway to Pigeon Forge with a stop at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.