Inside, even the queue chains were handcuffs - a nice addition of theming.
My wife found a place online that said (for a limited time) teachers could get in free and their children could enter at half-price. We showed our teacher IDs and gathered our discount - a bonus in an area where tourists pay out the nose for anything extra they want to pursue (The Smoky Mountains National Park is about the only thing that doesn't cost money.).
I thought this was going to be a children's hands-on museum, where they could conduct watered-down CSI-style experiments (fingerprinting, chromatography, etc.), but Alcatraz East exceeded all expectations, coming short only in not letting me actually touch historical items. Inside the museum are actual artifacts from infamous crime and law enforcement figures in history - things we did not expect to ever see in our lives, assuming they would be locked in evidence storage forever. Additionally, there were some movie props and costumes that were also in theme.
The entire museum is chock-full of stories that don't normally float to the top of a general history book. This is the seedy underbelly of our genealogy as a nation (and internationally). I'll share pictures of just some of the items in the next several days.