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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202-393-1099
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$21*
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National Museum of Crime and Punishment Admission...
85%
Ranked #50 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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East Syracuse, New York
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264 reviews 264 reviews
151 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I had never heard of this museum till I was handed the museum's brochure & a 50% off coupon. The exhibits start with the Dark Ages, finishing up with the 21th century's America's Most wanted & War on Terrorism. In order of eras are The Dark Ages, American Colonial Times, Age of Piracy, Wild West, Crimes of the Great Depression,... More

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

Thank you for your great review of the museum! We are glad that we could entertain you for so long and we hope that, if you ever come back down from Syracuse, you will come back and see anything you may have missed! More

Inver Grove Hei
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It is much bigger than you'd think. Many, many exhibits, taking you through the history of crime and punishment, from medieval to modern times. A favorite part was when you can be the FBI agent in a virtual shoot-out. We like interactive museums.

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

Hi Gail, thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed our museum and, if you ever again find yourself in DC, we hope that you will come see us! More

Tysons Corner, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Halloween fell on a Friday night this year and a Haunted House Fright Night Tour at the Crime & Punishment Museum advertised for those over 17 appealed to us. Due to its popularity, they try to enhance your tour by limiting the entry to 6 persons at a time. The museum definitely lends the right backdrop and atmosphere, and while... More

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

Hello Agog84, thank you for your review. We are sorry that you were not fully satisfied with our Fright Night event. Your comments will be taken into consideration for Fright Night 2015. More

Smyrna, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Very interesting museum documenting the history of major crime in our country and MUCH better than the spy museum, which was not worth the time or money in my opinion. Allow at least 3 hours, as there is a lot of good things to read as well as some interactive experiences.

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

Hello Mjb, thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed our museum, and hope that you will visit us again the next time you are in DC! More

NJ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The history of crime was fun to walk through. It had interesting exhibits and some unusual hands-on type activities. Fun for adults and older kids.

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

Hello Ran, thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the museum, and encourage you to visit again next time you come down from Jersey! More

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We arrived at the museum to see two unoccupied members of staff at the ticket desk. We approached them and they directed us to join a line of around ten people in the gift shop to buy tickets from a single member of staff while they stood there doing nothing. After entering the museum we started looking at the exhibits.... More

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

Dear Reviewer340, we are extremely sorry to hear that your experience at the museum was anything less than exceptional. We can assure you that that is very uncharacteristic of our staff, as we pride ourselves on our customer service. Regarding the fire alarm, we are very concerned that there was a failure to communicate to you the situation. You can... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

We spent over two hours here and we didn't really see everything in detail. Lots of reading but still plenty of interesting things just to look at without too much concentration. We paid when we arrived but it is cheaper if you book online before you go. Also open later than the other museums so great to leave until later... More

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

Hello Flying Kiwi, thank you for your great review! If you ever come back to the U.S. and would like to get that extra detail that you said you missed, we would love to have you back! More

Perth, Australia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
29 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I'm not one that usually spend a lot of time in museums but spent over 2 hours here. It is a very well laid out, interesting and informative museum. I particularly loved that it was interactive e.g. You can stand in a line up, inspect a fake dead body, get fingerprinted etc. A must see!

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

Hi Bella, thank you for your great review! We are glad we were able to hold your attention as long as we did, and are happy you enjoyed our interactive exhibits. If you ever return to the States, we hope that you will look us up! More

Hamden, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A very creative and well-laid out museum that would be interesting for any age from high school onward. There is a lot of information presented, along with original artifacts and interactive displays and exhibits. There is also an effort to balance possible "glorification" of crime with the efforts of law enforcement and others to solve crimes and information about CSI,... More

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

Hey Bethany, thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the museum, and appreciate that you would recommend us to your friends. If you ever return to DC (from my favorite U.S. state), we hope that you will come back and see us again! Go Bulldogs! More

San Antonio, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The museum was great, from the exhibits to the interactive options! Allow at least two hours, but preferably three if you have the time. The only negative was the audio option I purchased which is narrated by Bill Curtis. The background music and noise in each area was so loud that it was very difficult to hear the audio on... More

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

Hello Idwhoffman, we are glad you enjoyed our museum! We also appreciate your candor, and take your feedback into serious consideration. Next time you are in DC, we hope you will consider visiting us again! More

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