Alcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in depth look at American Crime History – which includes artifacts from Alcatraz – but this is not a museum dedicated solely to Alcatraz.
Explore American History from a different perspective
Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement and the Judiciary Branch of government. The museum is 25,000 square feet spread over 2 floors and includes over 100 interactives.
This is a great option for a cold or rainy day. If you like crime, this is the place for you. I enjoyed the first part of the museum the most, with the famous Mobsters like Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel and John Dillinger. I also enjoyed stories like the Valentine’s day massacre, prohibition and much more (do I have a sick mind or what lol).
As you walk through the museum, the crimes become more recent like the white Ford Bronco OJ Simpson drive in the famous “slow” police chase and toward the end the 9/11 exhibit. There is something for everyone and very interesting. Well worth the trip
Tip – If you are travelling with young children, we recommend upgrading to the VIP admission (only $5 more than general admission with audio). Some of the static exhibits may be disturbing to young children and the VIP admission includes all of the interactive exhibits.