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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
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A Day Well Spent

My wife took me to the National Museum of Crime & Punishment for my 38th birthday! This museum is fun, interactive, and downright informative. I really enjoyed the driving... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My wife took me to the National Museum of Crime & Punishment for my 38th birthday! This museum is fun, interactive, and downright informative. I really enjoyed the driving simulator, the shoot/don't shoot simulator, and all of the other interactive exhibits! The museum is well organized and laid out! Start out in the middle ages, and end up in modern... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Would not recommend the walking tour - same price as museum however there was very little information. Wish I had gone to the museum instead!

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Riverview, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The museum starts in the Medieval era and goes through modern times and forensics. There is a ton to take in and a lot to either read or listen to if you get a listening device. While there are some replicas there are some very real pieces of history in the museum...items from Al Capone, Bonny & Clyde, Medieval items... More 

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Florida
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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

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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