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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

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Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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My son's favorite Museum in DC

I thought that this would be a little lame, but it turned out to be much better than I thought. Although it was a bit pricey to get in the exhibits were very interesting. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I thought that this would be a little lame, but it turned out to be much better than I thought. Although it was a bit pricey to get in the exhibits were very interesting. The best part was the driving simulators and the weapons scenario simulators. Since it was not crowded my son kept doing the weapons scenario training over... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum for fans of CSI shows, crime novels etc. It is interesting overall, but like another reviewer mentioned, there are three floors, which I didn't realize and I spent so much time on the top/first floor I had to skim the rest before they closed (at 8 pm which is nice as I went after work... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

There was a lot of information and it was pretty interactive. It took us a couple hours. It was fun, but overall I didn't feel like it was worth the $20+ per person.

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Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Hit a few museums in the area, not a bad time but a lot of reproduction items, not a great collection. Lots of stuff geared to kids.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I found myself so involved in reading and looking at all of the little intricacies that I actually wound up spending a few hours (more time than I had allotted) at this very well put together museum. It is quite and interesting collection of artifacts, newspaper clippings, court documents, evidence used in trials, devices used for punishment, explanation of our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This was close by my hotel and I was looking for a way to kill some time. I went there around 3:30 and they were closing at 5. I didn't realize that there were 2.5 floors to explore so I didn't pace myself appropriately. I rushed through the CSI part and wish that I would have spent most of my... More 

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Cruz Bay, St. John
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place has a wealth of knowledge about cops and robbers. They offer a full range of crime & punishment options from a CSI lab with hands-on crime-solving experiences, to self-guided tours of weapons, torture, bank-robbers, prisons, notorious murderers, con-artists, forgetters, hackers, mobsters, and politicians..(well, maybe not so many politicians here - gotta go to the Capitol Bldg to see... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Having visited the mainstream smithsonian museums previously, I decided to check out some of the smaller museums in DC. This museum, conveniently located next to the gallery place Chinatown metro station, is full of fascinating anecdotes and memorabilia related to crime and punishment from centuries past to the present age. I especially enjoyed reading the background stories and little known... More 

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review

Dear Running R, Thank you for the great review. We agree we are pretty darn convenient. It sounds like you got pretty immersed in our exhibits which we love to hear! Be sure to come check us out on your next trip to the US. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Went with my kids (high school & college age). They loved it. Luckily we went before a school group arrived so we able to take our time & read all the signs. Bought a combo ticket for $30 each & includes Madame Tussaud's (best deal I could find), also no date or time stamp on them. Great for teenagers.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review

Dear LAKRBLS, Thank you for the great review. Glad you were able to get in at an opportune time. Definitely come check us out the next time you’re in DC and don’t forget to bring us some BBQ. :) More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

First off in the lobby to get your ticket is Ted Bundys VW that he used to kidnap his victims with. To let you know how high this thing starts off! There is a CSI workshop with real forensic techs. There is a wall of serial killer art *Gacy's Pogo art is highlighted* there are letters, outfits and artifacts from... More 

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review

Dear Joy N, We loved reading your enthusiastic review! We especially enjoy the part where you named us “the business.” We just may start using that…but seriously. Thank you, Crime Museum More 

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