Crime Pays In Pigeon Forge. Sort Of.


I’m certainly not advocating any high stakes robberies or other criminal activity – but many of the most infamous names in American history have landed a forever home in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The Alcatraz-East Crime Museum near Pigeon Forge’s new Island development is a hot ticket these days and rightfully so.  It’s a well designed museum highlighting some of the biggest crimes (and the masterminds behind them) with unique artifacts and exhibits.

After watching the blockbuster series “The People VS OJ Simpson” on Netflix – we learned that the Bronco involved in that 1994 high speed chase through Los Angeles was one of the displays. On a rainy Monday afternoon, we went to visit and I certainly had very low expectations.

What we discovered were lots of one of a kind pieces like a car driven by Bonnie & Clyde, an electric chair and Al Capone’s rosary.   There are lots of great photo opportunities as well – in fact, they encourage you to take photos and post them on social media.  You know, like a smart museum should. (Ahem. Are you listening Motown in Detroit!?!)

The interactive exhibits are first class.  One interesting section focuses on evidence collection while another tests your skills to see if you have what it takes to be a law enforcement officer.

I have what it takes to sit on the police motorcycle though I failed miserably at the testing station to determine my law enforcement skills.

The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Details on admission, hours and current exhibits can be found here:

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Bill is a travel journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bill travels all across the country doing positive stories, highlighting people and places making America great. He's the host of the weekly Rediscover America podcast and author of the new book 100 Things To Do In America Before You Die! Bill enjoys parks, talking to strangers, eating medium-rare steaks, playing Pickleball and telling good jokes.