I am SUCH A fan of visiting Pigeon Forge! We LOVE visiting because it is only a few hours away from us. I received a pretty neat email recently about a new addition opening this Fall! It is called the Alcatraz East - Crime Museum!! This sounds so cool! It is something that my husband and I are excited for too!!! Alcatraz East, a new crime museum, announces they are scheduled to open in East Tennessee in fall 2016. The museum, which will give visitors the behind-the-scenes story to our nation’s crime history, will be located at the entrance to The Island at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The museum’s neighbors at The Island include Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Margaritaville Hotel, and will offer historic objects and activities for the entire family.
Check out the rendering photo below! This looks like it is going to be AWESOME. 
Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
The museum’s fa├žade will be themed as a 19th century prison, which was always the desire of museum-owner, John Morgan. In my opinion- this is just amazing! This is what would attract me to visit! Morgan previously owned the Crime Museum in Washington, DC, which permanently closed on September 30, 2015, allowing for the creation of a more ambitious attraction he says will be even better than the previously “must-see” DC museum. The interactive museum will feature a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, law enforcement, forensic science, and our justice system. Spread over two floors, the 24,000 square foot museum will include interactive displays on these subjects as well as original artifacts.
Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
Some of the interactive features of the museum will be a CSI lab, a simulated shooting range, safe cracking, digital fingerprinting, and DUI interactive safety training. Artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection that will be on display include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronco from the OJ chase, an FBI polygraph machine, Al Pacino’s submachine gun from the movie Scarface, items related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the latest in law enforcement technology. 
 Al Capone’s rosary: Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
 1967 Bonnie & Clyde Movie Car. Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
 Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
 Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
 John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane. Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
John Dillinger’s Death Mask. Courtesy of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, TN
The museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable journey into the history of American crime and its consequences, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation (CSI) through a captivating interactive and entertaining educational experience. There will be 20 different exhibit areas covering five themes for guests to explore; history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture. I am stoked to visit in the Fall! For more information, visit www.alcatrazeast.com. You can also visit their social channels to stay up to date with the latest!

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