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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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We are a law enforcement couple, husband is a cop, wife a prosecutor. We went for that reason, but didn't have high expectations since we knew it was meant for everyone. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We are a law enforcement couple, husband is a cop, wife a prosecutor. We went for that reason, but didn't have high expectations since we knew it was meant for everyone. It turned out much better than expected. Lots to see and lots we didn't know. The simulators are fun. We went late Saturday afternoon, around 5 p.m. Not too... More 

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went to this museum because my wife had read something about it. And oh my gosh, what a museum. Exhibits are very well done, combining enough written information with good visuals so that you are learning while at the same time having fun. My one complaint is that the layout is very maze-like and you have no sense of... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We, one teenager and 2 grandparents, had bee told to allow half an hour. We had to drag ourselves away after 5 hours! So much to see and do: drive a police car, take your fingerprints, use a lie detector machine, interactive games, solve a real whodunit, the list goes on! It is imaginatively laid out - taking you through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

My kids are almost 13 and I have never seen them so engaged for so long. Lots to read and several interactive exhibits. We were here two years ago and back then I was a bit more uncomfortable with the subject matter for them and at times we moved them quickly past some of the exhibits. Now at this age... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

For $20+ you get essentially a lot of posterboards with photos and short histories of crimes , and then a few exhibits like " a thompson machine gunlike that used by gansters"; Bonnie and Clyde's care from the movie "Bonnie and Clyde" and "the gun Kevin Costner used in the movie where he protrayed Elliot Ness". And a few lame... More 

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

Hello phand11, Thank you for contributing a review of the Crime Museum. We are sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the time you spent with us. We do appreciate your feedback, and all guest feedback negative or positive, as it ensures we provide the best experience possible to our future patrons. More 

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It's true. Most of the museums are free in DC and this one is not BUT it's very interesting and cool for older kids who sometimes getting tired of "culture!" It's not as expensive as the Spy Museum, especially if you buy tickets online, and it's more fun. The interactive stuff is better, too. Unfortunately, in the car chase and... More 

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

Hi Ellie B, Thank you for the stellar review. We agree we are a great choice if you are looking for something different. We want to sincerely apologize for the behavior of our staff on that particular day. We can assure you that this is very uncharacteristic of Crime Museum employees. We appreciate your feedback and your comments will be... More 

Berkeley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

There is so much to see in Washington DC and so many terrific museums to visit -- I would put this museum very low on your list. Besides the fact that the subject matter was really depressing (one does not leave feeling great about humanity) it felt like a "scare-tactic" kind of display style. Within 10 minutes I decided I... More 

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

Hi Fogdweller510, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the Crime Museum. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience here. We understand that our museum is not for everyone. We sincerely hope you and your family enjoyed the rest of your DC visit. More 

new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My son wanted to stop in and I thought I would be bored. NOT TRUE! Very interesting displays and facts all throughout the museum. Not free like the Smithsonian but worth the cost in our opinion. Small gift shop at the end of the tour. Would have liked a map or better signage to show where we were in the... More 

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

Hi mysteries91, It’s great to hear we exceeded your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to provide for suggestions on how we might improve the experience for future visitors. Be sure to check us out again the next time you’re in DC! More 

Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We were under the gun to get to our senator's office by a certain time for a tour of the Capitol, and we had not left enough time here to spend the time that is required to read and experience everything you want to here. I would go back to this place to finish reading everything. You start with criminals... More 

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

Hey Kay M, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our museum. We’re sorry to hear that you weren't able to see everything the museum has to offer. Definitely come check us out again sometime! We have a confession to make…WE LOVE YOU TOO! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Had a few hours to kill with my 9 yr old grandson. He had a blast at this museum. Very interesting if you like crime etc. Perfect for boys. .. and reasonably priced. Good value for your money

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

Hi terrizuck, Thank you for the great review. We are so thrilled to hear that your grandson had a blast! Come see us again sometime. More 

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