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Top 3 Reasons to Visit the Alcatraz East Crime Museum

If you are looking for things to do with your family that are both fun and educational, museums are the way to go! Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are both filled with some of the best museums in the country! Whether you want to learn about ancient history, pop culture, sports, or anything in between, there is bound to be a museum that will interest you. One of the most popular museums in the area features stories about fascinating crimes that have happened over the years. Here are 3 reasons to visit the Alcatraz East Crime Museum:

1. Great for Large Groups

If you are planning a large group gathering in the Smoky Mountains and need things to do while you are here, the Alcatraz East Crime Museum is the perfect option! Not only is there enough space for everyone to roam around and do their own thing, but the museum offers reservations for large groups to ensure they can accommodate you. This makes it much easier for your group to know what they are doing ahead of time instead of trying to plan all their activities last minute. The museum also offers different discounts throughout the year to different groups, including local citizens, military, and teachers. If you are coming to the Smoky Mountains and need something to do that everyone will enjoy, be sure to stop by Alcatraz East for a fun and entertaining day!

2. Thrilling History Exhibits

man in jailThis one of a kind museum features everything you need to know about some of the most popular crime stories the world has ever seen. When you visit, you will be taken through 5 different galleries that encompasses over 25,000 square feet and includes over 100 interactive exhibits. Two of the most popular exhibits in the museum include the American Crime Gallery and the Crime Scene Investigation Area. In the American Crime Gallery, you will be given all the facts about some of the most well-known crimes in the country’s past, including 9/11 and the OJ Simpson car chase. These are both events that people remember hearing and reading about, but the museum offers never before seen coverage of not only these crimes, but many others that have happened throughout the years. After you learn about the details of the events, you can step into the Crime Scene Investigation Gallery and discover how some of the most famous felons were caught, including how to analyze fingerprints and facial reconstruction.

3. Jailhouse Junk Gift Shop

The gift shop at the museum is one of the best places to find a souvenir from your trip to the Smokies. You can travel home with a shirt that says you visited the jail while you were in Pigeon Forge, which might leave the rest of the family asking a few questions. If you are visiting with children, there is a large selection of different types of toys to choose from to entertain them on the car ride home. For the adults, the store has a variety of just about anything you may need, including clothes, jewelry, accessories, and so much more. If you are curious to what the most sold item at the gift shop is, it just so happens it is the souvenir shot glass. If you are looking for the perfect thing for yourself or someone back home, the Jailhouse Junk Gift Shop has something for everyone!

The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is the perfect place to enjoy some family time. After all, if you are going to go to prison, you might as well bring your loved ones along with you! This museum is just one of the excellent attractions that we offer a discount to when you stay at one of our cabins. Be sure to check out all the other things you can do with our Smoky Mountain Adventure Pass! We hope to see you soon in the Smoky Mountains!