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Showing posts with label Alcatraz East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alcatraz East. Show all posts

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: www.alcatrazeast.com.

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 https://www.alcatrazeast.com/