Showing posts with label Alcatraz East. Show all posts
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August 3, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Display Alcatraz Island-Themed Prison Artwork

Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, is opening a new exhibit that features prison art with an Alcatraz theme

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 30, 2019) –Each year, tourists visiting San Francisco make the journey across the water to the must-see Alcatraz Island. Since it’s closing in 1963, the former federal penitentiary continues to intrigue people of all ages, and likewise, there is a huge fascination with the artwork of prison artists. This summer, the two subjects are being brought together at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The new temporary exhibit, called “Alcatraz Art Escape,” will feature artwork inspired by Alcatraz Island and created by incarcerated artists. The exhibit opens to the public on August 23, 2019 and will run through the spring of 2020.  

“Our visitors are always interested in learning more about Alcatraz, so this will be a unique way to combine that with giving them a glimpse of the beautiful artwork created by prisoners from around the country,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We’re excited to share the work of these artists who have discovered amazing talents they didn’t know they had and are doing what they can to give back to the community. Both crime history enthusiasts and art lovers will want to be sure to see this exhibit.”
Alcatraz East Crime Museum has teamed up with the California-based P.A.T.H. (Prison Arts Touching Hearts) to make these artworks available to the public. The organization focuses on providing a platform and voice for incarcerated artists. Their efforts help 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. 

July 2, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Host Conversation with True Crime Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen

 Billy Jensen, renowned true crime journalist, will be speaking in a rare opportunity at Alcatraz East Crime Museum 

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 3, 2019) – He’s been called the Facebook detective and a citizen sleuth and has built a solid reputation for helping to solve true crimes. For the last two decades, Billy Jensen has become a household name within the true crime genre. Fans now have a chance to hear from the “consulting digital detective” in an intimate setting at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Jensen will be speaking at a special event on SaturdayJuly 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free with the paid general admission to the museum, but advance reservations are required to attend.

“We are honored to have Billy Jensen visit the museum and share his experiences and expertise with our visitors,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “He is doing important work and is so open with the true crime community about his journey.”

Those attending will be treated to hearing him speak about such things as the Golden State Killer Case, his podcast, his new book that is coming out, how he got started in the field, and what he’s currently working on. The small group setting will also provide an opportunity to ask questions. 

April 30, 2019

TENNESSEE - New Temporary Exhibit Memorializes Nicole Brown Simpson, Highlights Domestic Violence

Alcatraz East Crime Museum will have a 25th murder anniversary memorial exhibit for Nicole Brown Simpson, beginning May 17, 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 29, 2019) – Murdered 25 years ago this June, Nicole Brown Simpson would have celebrated her 60th birthday on May 19, 2019. In her memory, Alcatraz East Crime Museum is turning the focus on domestic violence, offering a temporary exhibit dedicated to who Nicole was as a daughter, sister, and mother, and the devastating impact of domestic violence. The exhibit will open on May 17, 2019 and will run for three months.

“Domestic violence is a major problem that doesn’t get the attention it should,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We wanted to turn the focus back on Nicole’s story, and how devastating the fear of domestic violence can be, as well as celebrate the special person she was to so many.” 

April 2, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Hold 2nd Annual Graffiti Art Contest

Graffiti artists are invited to compete for prizes and to have their work on exhibit

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (April 2, 2019) – Drive through any city in America and you are bound to see some graffiti. Some people love it, while others hate it. These images, letters and paintings found on buildings, bridges and other surfaces can often signal decay and bring property values down. This has prompted many cities to create designated graffiti art spaces, and many businesses have commissioned artists to create murals to deter graffiti on their walls. Putting graffiti art into the spotlight, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be holding its 2nd annual Graffiti Art Contest on Saturday, June 1, 2019. All graffiti artists are invited to compete for cash prizes and the chance to have their work on exhibit in the museum. 

January 14, 2019

TENNESSEE - Ted Bundy Display Planned for 30-Year Execution Anniversary

Alcatraz East Crime Museum will have a Ted Bundy display for the 30th anniversary of the serial killer’s execution

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (January 14, 2019) – January 24, 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the execution of one of the most well-known serial killers and rapists of the 20th century, Ted Bundy. There are several events taking place over the anniversary, including new items being made available to the public for the first time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The display, which will be in front of the famous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle already on view, will include letters, cards, photos, and a radio given to Bundy by his mother, that he kept until he was moved to death row. Available for only a limited time, this display will shed light on the private side of the notorious killer that haunted the country until his death. 

August 14, 2018

TENNESSEE: Crime Museum to Host 9/11 Forensic Expert, Offer Discounted Admission for Locals

Arthur Bohanan will share his experience working at Ground Zero

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (August 14, 2018) – As we approach the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be hosting a special guest speaker who will share his story of working at Ground Zero in New York. Arthur Bohanan, a forensic expert, will be speaking at the museum on Saturday September 8, 2018. His presentation is included in the museum admission, with talks scheduled for 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

“We are honored to have Art Bohanan speak at the museum and share his first-hand experiences of the 9/11 attacks,” says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits. “Around the anniversary we always try mark the moment in some way, and we look forward to visitors joining us to hear Art’s powerful story.”

July 10, 2018

TENNESSEE - Crime Museum Offers Visitors Rare Look Inside Surveillance Van, Joins Other Overlooked Gems at Alcatraz East

Former undercover surveillance van joins museum displays

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 10, 2018) – There’s a new artifact on display at Alcatraz East, but since its focus is on undercover work it might be hard to spot. The crime museum in Pigeon Forge is giving visitors a look inside the workings of law enforcement surveillance, with a van formerly used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Beginning July 17, 2018, visitors can see how for agents on a stakeout, spending time in the cramped quarters of a van is not nearly as glamorous as made out to be on television.

May 2, 2018

TENNESSEE - It Happened Here! Alcatraz East Crime Museum Exhibit Highlights Tennessee

Tennessee’s fascinating crime history will be on exhibit for a year

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 1, 2018) – From its earliest days, Tennessee has had a rich history of crime and justice, with stories known across the country. From local stories of moonshiners and vigilantes, to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that rocked the nation, those interested in learning more about the state’s notorious crime history can do so at the new temporary exhibit, “It Happened Here,” opening May 17, 2018. 

March 22, 2018

TENNESSEE - 5 Infamous Killers’ Artifacts on Display at Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s offers visitors a rare glimpse at artifacts once owned by infamous killers

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 22, 2018) – We live in a society where there is a strong fascination of crime, this is apparent by its prevalence in pop-culture. The subject of crime and serial killers is often the topic of books, TV shows and movies. In fact, Zac Efron will be transforming himself into Ted Bundy in Hollywood’s upcoming movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” And Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch plays the role of Jeffrey Dahmer in “My Friend Dahmer.” There is a strange curiosity that propels us to learn more about who these people are and how they can do such horrible things. Those who want to learn more about some of the most infamous killers in America should plan a visit to Alcatraz East Crime Museum. 

March 6, 2018

TENNESSEE - Can You Tie a Knot Like a Pirate? Alcatraz East Crime Museum Adds a New Pirate Interactive, Along With Several Other New Artifacts and Exhibits

Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s offers new hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind historical artifacts throughout

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 6, 2018) – Crime enthusiasts, news buffs, and history lovers will enjoy the new additions to Alcatraz East Crime Museum beginning this Spring. The area’s newest attraction intrigues visitors 365 days a year on what's considered America's favorite subject. In order to attract Pigeon Forge's repeat visitors, the museum rotates items from its collection annually. This year, Alcatraz East has added interactive exhibits as well as new artifacts. The additions give visitors a chance to share their stories and test their skills, while the new artifacts expand exhibits on Jesse James, Charles Manson, and kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard.

“We have already experienced that visitors to this area come several times throughout the year, and we want to make sure they keep coming back to see us as well,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer. “We are happy to offer a place where visitors not only learn, but also remember and feel touched and inspired to get involved in crime prevention. With some of our additions, our guests will have the opportunity to share some of their own stories."

August 15, 2017

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Sets Record Straight Regarding O.J. Bronco Debut on Pawn Stars

Alcatraz East Crime Museum currently has the white Bronco from the O.J.-chase on display

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (August 15, 2017) –Recent news headlines have stirred rumors of O.J. Simpson’s famous white Bronco being sold on an episode of the show Pawn Stars. While the rumors swirl, the Bronco remains on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. So what was the show outcome? It was not sold! The commercials leading up to the TV show episode on the Bronco created a buzz about it being sold.  While the show aired on August 14, 2017, it was taped last summer, prior to the museum's grand opening in December 2016.

“We are getting numerous calls and inquiries about the sale of the infamous white Bronco, but they are all just incorrect rumors,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer. “We’ve had the Bronco on display since opening, and we plan to have it on display for at least a few more years, if not longer. The museum is where it belongs.”

June 6, 2017

TENNESSEE - The O.J. Bronco Displayed at Alcatraz East- 22 Years Later

New Pigeon Forge attraction offers a rare glimpse at the vehicle O.J. Simpson made famous in June 1994

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 6, 2017) – The anniversary of the scene made famous when 95 million people tuned in to watch O.J. Simpson flee the police in a white Bronco is quickly approaching. June 17, 1994 is a date many recall because of the news he made that day, having been accused of killing his ex-wife and her friend. Rather than turn himself in, as ordered by police, the former football star fled with cameras rolling and millions watching. Today, that infamous white 1993 Ford Bronco is on display Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Although the vehicle has been largely out of the public eye for two decades, it came back into the public eye in 2016 with the popularity of the shows “O.J.: Made in America” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

May 23, 2017

TENNESSEE - Visiting Pigeon Forge? 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Alcatraz East

New Pigeon Forge attraction is educational and entertaining for the whole family

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 23, 2017) – Each year, around 10 million people visit the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Whether vacationing with their children or enjoying time on their own, most are searching for unforgettable memories while visiting the area. One place that should be at the top of everyone’s list is Alcatraz East Crime Museum, a new attraction on the Parkway that provides both an educational and entertaining time, and includes information and activities for the whole family.

December 14, 2016

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Officially Opens for Business December 16, 2016

New Pigeon Forge attraction was not affected by the recent Tennessee wildfires and is on schedule to officially open

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (December 13, 2016) – As the community of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge rebuild from the recent wildfires, one thing is for sure- tourism is still welcome and the community is open for business. As many people look for a way to show their support to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, one important way they can do that is to still visit through the holidays, as many people do annually. Each year, the area has around 11 million visitors who visit the vacation destination, enjoying everything from hiking in the Smoky Mountains to visiting popular themed restaurants and museums.

“There are around 10,000 people who live in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, and tourism is their livelihood, they rely on visitors choosing the destination each year,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “With the opening of the Crime Museum, we have added one more fun thing that families can do when they vacation in the area.”

Each year, people from around the world visit the area, taking in the gorgeous year-round nature scenes, as well as exploring the many family friendly things there are to do. During the winter months, the average visitor stays for almost four days, and has traveled around 300 miles to get there. Each year, people visit the Dollywood theme park, going skiing and sledding, white water rafting, hiking, and explore places like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and the Guinness World Records Museum. Alcatraz East officially joined the ranks of those fun and family friendly options, officially opening December 16, 2016. The new crime museum is located at the entrance to The Island, at 2757 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. They are located near the Margaritaville Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

Visitors to Alcatraz East will appreciate the exterior façade, which is of a 19th century prison. The look was inspired by the historic Alcatraz in San Francisco, and offers 24,000 square feet of space in a two-story museum. With over 100 interactive exhibits covering the history of American crime, the consequences of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting, and pop culture, there is something of interest to everyone.

Some of the highlights of the many crime artifacts on display at the museum 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, the latest in law enforcement technology, and a variety of other artifacts.

These artifacts, which include firearms, detection equipment, prison art, and automobiles, come from hundreds of justice and law enforcement divisions nationwide, including several from the state of Tennessee.  Items to note from The Volunteer State are the polygraph machine used on Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray, along with items belonging to outlaw Jesse James, confiscated moonshine stills, a display on Dr. William Bass of the Body Farm, Tennessee police badges, and a centerpiece of the new museum, Tennessee’s electric chair, “Old Smokey,” used in 125 executions from 1916-1960. The museum also features numerous Tennessee stories, such as the Scopes Monkey Trial, Sheriff Buford Pusser, and the Wild Bunch.

“Spending the holidays in the Pigeon Forge area is a great way to make family memories,” states Vaccarello, “Visiting Alcatraz East while in the area is a great way for your family to be a CSI, learn about crime prevention, and to get some first-hand history lessons.”

The museum has a star-studded board of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, memorabilia collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and more. There are also many activities that are kid friendly. The board also includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony case.

General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum will be open 365 days per year, from 10 am to 9 pm, with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, log online:

About Alcatraz East
Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages - so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction will be located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, visit

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