Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue offers Alcatraz East guests free gift at new exhibit

The first 100 guests who visit to see the new exhibit will get a free magazine courtesy of Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue (photo courtesy of Alcatraz East)
The first 100 guests who visit to see the new exhibit will get a free magazine courtesy of Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue (photo courtesy of Alcatraz East)

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During the pandemic closures, one of the most popular activities seems to be binge-watching crime shows.

In fact, Nielsen reports that the series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” was watched by 34.3 million people during the first 10 days it was released.

In response to this trend, Alcatraz East is launching a brand new exhibit: “What’s Your Crime?”

The exhibit will feature popular crime docuseries and will be located in the museum’s Pop Culture section.

The new exhibit will also give fans a chance to share their opinions through their social media platforms.

The museum recently collected fan feedback on social media and their monthly newsletter, asking fans to list their top 10 favorite crime shows. The results were as follows:

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  • Don’t F*** with Cats
  • Evil Genius: True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
  • The Staircase
  • The Keepers
  • Fyre Fraud
  • The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley
  • Serial Killer Culture TV
  • Making a Murderer

 “What’s Your Crime?” features objects from a few of the top shows. The new exhibit is scheduled to open this Friday, July 24, 2020. 

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A free gift courtesy of Big Cat Rescue

And listen up all you cool cats and kittens – the first 100 guests who visit to see the new exhibit will get a free magazine courtesy of Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue.

Yes, that’s the same Big Cat Rescue that’s featured in the popular Netflix docuseries: “Tiger King”.

“Our visitors enjoy making connections in the museum to things they’re already familiar with,” says Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We hope they’ll be excited to see these objects or be inspired to watch one of the shows.”

Alcatraz East (photo by Alaina O'Neal)
Alcatraz East is located in Pigeon Forge near The Island (photo by Alaina O’Neal)

Other new exhibits at Alcatraz East

In addition to the new binge-worthy crime show display, the museum is also currently featuring a temporary exhibit featuring the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). This exhibit showcases the important work that the bureau does across the state on a daily basis. The exhibit features information on some of TBI’s most famous cases, as well as provide an in-depth look at the bureau’s work and ongoing cold cases.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum reopened in May, following the pandemic closure, with measures in place to help keep visitors safer. To help “police” these new safety rules, the museum added a new K-9 mascot “Doc” (law enforcement abbreviation for Department of Corrections).

Guests will see signage and friendly safety reminders from Doc throughout the museum. The museum’s updated safety measures include reduced hours, enhanced cleaning, spatial distancing protocols, employee health screenings and employee PPE. Guests are encouraged to review all safety rules prior to their visit on their web page devoted to COVID-19: https://www.alcatrazeast.com/covid-19/.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board 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 trial.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.  Or, visit the TBI page at https://www.alcatrazeast.com/temporary-exhibits/tennessee-bureau-of-investigation-2/.

About Alcatraz East Crime Museum 

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 is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children and $26.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. Guests are encouraged to check the website prior to visiting for reduced hours, as a result of COVID-19, and the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

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