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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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Totally fascinating!

We only visited the museum to kill a bit of time (pardon the pun), but ended up spending a whole afternoon in here, totally enthralled by all the displays, exhibitions and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We only visited the museum to kill a bit of time (pardon the pun), but ended up spending a whole afternoon in here, totally enthralled by all the displays, exhibitions and activities to interact with. Split up onto four floors, the tour whisks you through three centuries of crime and punishment in America. From serial killers to terrorist attacks, Chicago... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

For those who have another side to them but don't want to do the time, this is the place to go. You can learn about notorious criminals and the masterminds behind their crimes. Only for a short time though, just learned this gem is closing it's doors in a month due to real estate in the D.C. area. Truly sad,... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Most museums in DC are owned by the Federal Government and are free. However, there are a few privately operated gems, which charge and admission fee - and this is probably the best ! As a lawyer, I'm naturally interested in crime & punishment, but even my family found this unique gem of a museum fascinating. Do check on-line for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If this stuff interests you,than you love it. The whole place is more or less a shrine to criminality and is interesting as well as a little macabre. I really belive there are much better things to see in Washington but it was still pretty cool. On a side note the Bonnie and Clyde car is from the movie and... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very informative place and it was fun to know different criminal underworld. Top it all, investigating a crime scene was the best. BE early to beat the crowd and buy tickets online. IT is cheaper than the counter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

On a planned trip to Wash, D.C., we ordered tickets for this Museum. It was both interactive and observing. So much to see, so little time. This visit, plan on a good 4 hours or more to see and do all that's available. Picture attached at Forensic Lab.. Solving a murder...

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Nampa, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Had a blast! I was surprised to actually learn a few things in the lab. They had actual baby pigs to use to determine how they died. The top detective game made me stop and read more.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Opening hours are a little limited I thought so we ended up having to rush our visit which was a shame as this is really well worth going to even though it costs about $22 (which is possibly a little too pricey when you consider DC has so many museums which are actually free). Starts off in the 17th century... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Admission price high. Way too much reading(and I did notice many errors in grammar-state of Delaware was abbreviated as DA on a map). Many spaces very narrow to walk through. Overall, don't waste your time or money for that matter. So many better first class museums in the area like all the Smithsonians, which are free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My friend and I did the mystery scavenger hunt. This museum is very fun and interactive! Great for all ages! There is so much to see and do, you can easily spend a whole day here.

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