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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 #46 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

i didnt expect to much but i should have. it was soooo much fun checking out the different crimes and criminals. they had crime scenes where you had to figure out who commited it. I got to go to visit and see what a real jail cell looks like and how to escape through the hole in the cell I... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I had a couple of hours to kill, plus a voucher from The Big Bus Tour, so decided to go and have a look round. What we found was both a fascinating and intriguing insight into the world of crime and punishment. From the wild west days to serial killers to Crime Scene Investigations. I highly recommend... More 

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New Castle, Delaware
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I hope you have good feet because there is a lot of walking in this Museum 3 or 4 floors I've been on 2 floors for 3 hours seen lots of interactive displays, torture displays, you even get to drive a cop car ,ha ha you get to read an see some displays on Bonnie &Clyde , all kinds of... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

i never though in my life that i will get to a place and i will see the stories of criminals. u will find different stories and stuff for criminals. u will find old ways of punishment which were very cruel. it is as seeing punishment history rather than reading about it.

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Sydney, Australia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

As someone with a big interest in crime and forensics, this museum was fantastic. Highlights included Ted Bundy's famous VW, Bonnie and Clyde's car, and the simulators which allowed you to experience driving a cop car with sirens on and entering a suspect's home with the SWAT team. There were lots of interactive displays, interesting artefacts and interesting history. There... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My boys (11 and 12) really wanted to go to this museum. I was not fully on board with it but it turned out to be very interesting. They loved it and declared it their favorite museum in DC.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Lots of interesting exhibits, but quite expensive. Even with a law enforcement discount, it cost my wife and I $52 to walk through the museum with the "Top Detective Challenge". DO NOT waste your money with the "Top Detective Challenge". You fill out an activity book with various facts to find a "treasure" located somewhere in the museum. When you're... More 

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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We came with our 14- and 11-year old daughters. They were fine with the subject matter and found it informative and enjoyed the gory subject matter. All the crime info (lots of history of crime) is on the top level, then the CSI exhibit (which appealed more to them) was one level lower. We spent too much time on the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

A different sort of museum, it would take several hours to fully experience everything here. There are lots on interactive exhibits I didn't have the time to explore. Some of the displays are cheesy, some grisly. I'm not sure it's too appropriate for children, but there are some useful notes on bullying and cyberterrorism. Entrance fee may be a bit... More 

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

Hello L H, thank you for your review! We are sorry you feel that you did not have enough time and, if you come back down from Chicago, we hope you will visit us again! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Great place, interesting, interactive. I went solo and it was still great, it really gets your attention. PS: the psychopath side is a bit sick!

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

Hi Nafir, thanks for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit! If you return to DC, come see us again! More 

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