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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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Really interesting and informative

This was a huge museum over 3 floors with information on criminals and crime detection etc. lots of interactive things and punishment types used over the years. It took over 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This was a huge museum over 3 floors with information on criminals and crime detection etc. lots of interactive things and punishment types used over the years. It took over 2 hours to get around and was brilliant. Well worth a visit.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to the NMCP - and I brought a friend to take the detectives challenge - which is great for families or couples. We set aside 2 hours, and still didn't make it through the last 20% of the museum in order to make our dinner reservations. Note: give yourself three hours - eat first, they... More 

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Dallas, GA
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Fascinating look at crime and punishment through history. I especially enjoyed the exhibits on gangland crime. This is a fun stop, worth spending several hours, for adults and teens. This is more than worth the price of admission.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This wasn't the best crime museum I've been to. I found it old and tried and could do with a facelift. The exhibits weren't really the best. The gift shop isn't the best either. The price was too much for what you saw. I wouldn't go there again.

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Gatineau, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I was enjoying this museum up until we got bombarded with school groups. Lots of information. The only thing is that there's a lot of reading and less hands-on. The simulations were cool, but only half of us got to do them because of the group that ran ahead of us. Parking was also an issue for us. So, mixed... More 

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Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited this museum with our 18 and 14 year old sons. It was a very engaging and we enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt.

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

Hi nisk, We’re glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time in the museum. Be sure to check us out the next time you’re in DC! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

It was a rainy day in DC and I'm glad we stopped. My daughter said this was the highlight of her trip. The scavenger hunt added to the tour.

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

Hi CDLFL15, We’re glad you stopped, too! It’s great to hear that we were your daughter’s favorite part of her trip. Be sure to come back and visit us again! More 

Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

First of all I did not buy the audio tour and I would probably have enjoyed it more if I had. If you have limited time and money, I would choose the International Spy Museum over this one. The first part of the museum is mostly reading with very few exhibits. It was not until toward the end of the... More 

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

Hi altr2004, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all your feedback because it allows us to improve our museum for future patrons. Rest assured that your comments will be taken into consideration. More 

Ridgefield, Connecticut
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350 reviews 350 reviews
52 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This museum is similar in many ways to the Spy Museum, which is only a block or so away. The museum presents crime from many perspectives and in many dimensions. Chronological, biographical, types of crimes, weapons, prisons, celebrity criminals, TV, and more. Not on the scale of the Smithsonian - smaller and easier to digest. This should not take precedence... More 

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

Hi CTManny, Thanks so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Loved it. I love true crime, from novels to tv shows. We paid the extra money and did the audio tour. Buying in advance is cheaper, the audio was well worth the extra money. Block a lot of time for this attraction. We spent 3 + hours going through the museum, there is a lot to see/read/and hear. The do... More 

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

Hi Lynn T, Thanks so much for visiting. We’re glad to hear that you found our exhibits educational. You should definitely come back again! More 

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