I just heard that Alcatraz East, which is a new crime museum, is opening in Pigeon Forge this coming Fall!
Alcatraz East will give their visitors behind-the-scenes views of infamous crime stories, such as OJ’s white Bronco to a CSI Lab.
This new museum will be located at The Island, which is located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. It will be near Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and the Margaritaville Hotel.
According to Janine Vaccarello, the chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “This is going to be THE place for the public to learn about crime history, law enforcement and all things related”. “We look forward to being part of this community!”
The façade of this museum will be themed as a prision right out of the 19th century. The museum owner, John Morgan, was inspired to do this project after visiting Alcatraz in San Francisio over 20 years ago states Vaccarello, “So it’s only fitting that we create John’s original vision”.
The interactive museum will feature a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about our justice system, criminal intent and profiles, our nation’s penal system, victim’s stories, crime prevention, law enforcement, forensic science and they will get to participate in interactive displays and see original artifacts.
And the museum is spread over two floors and encompasses 24,000 sq feet!
“Alcatraz East is going to make a great addition to our city,” added Earlene Teaster, the Pigeon Forge city manager. “Our city truly offers something for everyone, making it a great family-friendly destination. We look forward to having this museum become a part of our community”.
Some of the interactive features of the museum will be a CSI lab, a simulated shooting range, safe cracking, digitial fingerprinting and DUI interactive safety training.
Artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection that will be awaiting visitons include John Dillinger’s death mask, Al Capone’s rosary, a Bonnie & Clyde collection, the Bronoco 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.
The museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable journey into the history of American crime and its consequence, law enforcement, forensic science and crime scene investigation through a captivating interactive and entertaining education experience.
According to Paula Deen, of Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, “I’m looking forward to having Alcatraz East as my neighbor! I’m fascinated with forensic science,” “After spending time at the museum, people can stop in for a good meal. Together we make a great family friendly combination for spending a day at the Island in Pigeon Forge”.
There will be five themes for guests to explore and 20 different exhibit areas; history of American crime, the consequence of crime, crime scene investigation, crime fighting and pop culture.
“Last year we experienced record high visitors to our area,” says David Wear, Mayor of Pigeon Forge, “We know that this attraction will enhance our visitors family entertainment while staying with us”.
Check out this demolition video on YouTube!
You can follow the progress as well as get more information at www.alcatrazeast.com.
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