Alcatraz East Crime Museum Expanding Kennedy Exhibit, Opens Graffiti Art Contest Submissions

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From now through May 2025, guests visiting the Alcatraz East Crime Museum can check out the expanding exhibit titled The Kennedy Conspiracy: Fact & Fiction. In its second year, the exhibit is adding new items for its anniversary. Additionally, Alcatraz East is officially taking submissions for their graffiti art contest on October 5, 2024.

“We are thrilled to be adding some new artifacts to the Kennedy conspiracy exhibit,” says Ally Pennington, artifacts and programs manager at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “He remains a popular topic, especially among those who love conspiracies, so we are happy to add to the exhibit for its second year.”

The Kennedy exhibit focuses on the conspiracy theories that surround the former President’s assassination. There have been many conspiracy theories explored over the years since his death in 1963. Following an investigation into the assassination, the government issued a report called the Warren Report discussing the facts and rumors about the case. Many Americans remain skeptical about the information in the report, which determined that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.

New items that will be added to the Kennedy exhibit include First Lady Jackie Kennedy paper dolls, an original JFK funeral photo, and an Allan Sweatt sheriff badge. The exhibit is included in the regular admission price and will be available to explore through May 2025.

“We are also excited to start taking submissions for our biennial graffiti art contest,” added Pennington. “It’s always a great event and we encourage people to start getting their submissions in for consideration.”

The Alcatraz East Crime Museum is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Graffiti Art Contest. Submissions will be accepted through September 2, 2024, and the eight participants selected for the contest will be notified on September 3, 2024. Some prizes will be awarded, including $1,200 for first place, $800 for second place, and $500 for third place. The art contest will be held in the museum parking lot on October 5, 2024. There is no fee to enter the competition. The contest’s top three pieces will be displayed inside the museum.

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The museum features over 100 exhibits and interactives and four temporary exhibit spaces, with many famous items on display, including Al Capone’s rosary, Ted Bundy’s dental molds, and Charles Manson’s acoustic guitar.They also hold various programs throughout the year, including an annual highlight of 9/11 and a biennial art contest that puts graffiti in the spotlight.This top museum is open at 10 am daily. The last tickets are sold 60 minutes before closing. These interactive experiences are available for an additional fee for birthday parties, school groups, scouts, team building, or other special events. To get a discounted rate for groups of 15 or more, complete the online form and allow up to 72 hours for confirmation. For more information about tickets, discounts, temporary exhibits, and all the museum offers, visit the site:

Alcatraz East Crime Museum has updated its board of crime experts, which includes Derwin Bradley, a retired master police officer; James R. Knight, a crime writer; Robin Maynard, a certified crime scene investigator in Florida; Derek Newport, a law enforcement veteran who worked for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 20 years; and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who presided over the notorious case against Casey Anthony, among others.