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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
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$21*
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National Museum of Crime and Punishment Admission...
85%
Ranked #42 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Des Moines, Iowa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

First part was punishment starting from medieval times. The CSI crime lab was interesting. Lots of interactive activities to test your detective skills. Wasn't cheap at $23, but interesting way to spend three hours.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Matching the audio to numbers on walls and written narratives is challenging but worth the effort. Much information and clever displays make this museum an interesting 2 hour visit.

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seattlelover317
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Check out this museum about crime. Lots of interesting tidbits about famous criminals, gangsters and serial murderers. Discount if you are in law enforcement.

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Philadelphia, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you are a crime buff or just interested in the history of crime in the US this may be your museum. We spent a little over two and a half hours here. I liked the section that featured more recent crime bosses, but wanted a little more info on them.

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

Hi there MLJohnson, We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in our museum, especially the crime bosses. Be sure to come back sometime soon! More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This museum was a good way to spend a few hours. There's a lot of Exhibits to see detailing the history of crime in the US and law enforcement and up to the more recent things like technology and csi

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

Hello Johnny B, We’re glad you enjoyed learning about the history of crime and law enforcement here in the US. We always appreciate when we hear from our fans in the UK! More 

Mooresville, IN
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26 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We visited during the holidays, right before xmas and were drawn here because of the reviews. It was very interesting but also very disturbing for me. My husband and son said it was their favorite tour while in DC. I enjoyed it but I don't want to glamourize these criminals.

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

Hi peyton0018, It’s nice to hear that you and your family found the museum very interesting. We’re also happy to be your son and husband’s favorite tour in the city! More 

Bishop Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a well structured journey through crimes and punishment. Plenty of good exhibits interspersed with interesting facts and stories. When we visited there was an exhibition looking at the work of Customs and Immigration which was very interesting. It highlighted the important work of this group of dedicated law enforcement professionals who are often overlooked in favour of their... More 

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

Dear Banger1979, We’re glad you all enjoyed your trip here and found the Customs and Immigration exhibit so informative. It’s wonderful to hear from our fans on the other side of the pond! More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Fun three story museum. You start at the top with pirates and end at the bottom with cyber crime. In the middle you can take your own picture at a line up, drive a police car to an accident scene (simulation) be an officer confronting a individual. There was a very cool walk through- starting with a window: you see... More 

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

Dear M2He, I’m glad you all enjoyed your trip and found our forensics exhibit so interesting! I hope you remembered what the suspect looked like! More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was not a free museum, but worth it totally! It covered every aspect of crime from pirates to mafia to scams to torture devices! We could have spent all day here, so interesting and informative! Well laid out museum. W went on a Sat. Morning and it was not overcrowded in January. We all enjoyed this place! Not for... More 

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

Hi pk1NJ, Thanks for your review! We’re glad to hear that you think our museum is worth it! You’re totally right, we cover every aspect of crime in the US. Be sure to come back again sometime! More 

Succasunna, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place was AMAZING. There is so much information. You really need to budget A LOT of time. My husband and I arrived first thing on a Friday, choosing just for the General Admission. It wasn't very crowded but it did fill up quickly. I am generally not a big fan of reading when I am in museums and there... More 

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

Hi Liz C, Thanks for your review! I’m glad you and your husband had an amazing time here. It’s so nice to hear that you didn’t mind reading all of the information on the walls. Be sure to come back soon! More 

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