Museums are one of the best places on Earth. They are a place to travel to find old relics, to understand the culture, and to find a better understanding of the past, in hopes that it can guide mankind to a better future. Whether it is a popular one like the Smithsonian or your local museum, they are important cornerstones of our way to get knowledge. There are also so many to choose from. There are some based on space exploration. There are some based on cultural history. Some have factions of human society all in one place. One that I want to delve into is the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Tennessee.
The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is a hotspot for fans of true crime. Whatever you think it has in it that deals with crime, they most likely have it. They have galleries and sections of the museum that give the history of American crime, while also catering to infamous parts of the United States crime scene, such as the OJ Simpson trial and tragedies like 9/11 and the Boston City Marathon Bombing. There are also parts of crime history that people wouldn’t think they would have. They have both cars of Ted Bundy and OJ Simpson, as well as an electric chair that’s been dubbed “Old Sparky”. There are other parts of the museum like training to be a junior detective and more sinister parts of the crime community. The history of American crime is in that building for all of the world to see.
There has to be some level of morbid fascination that comes with crime. To know the history and understand the cultural impact is one thing, but to have a hub of it, that’s weird. Is it weird in a good way or a bad way, I don’t know. However, it stands the test of time. Memories of the past all in one place, permanently cementing itself as a cultural phenomenon.