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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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Ranked #51 of 257 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Smyrna, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW 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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Perth, Australia
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27 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

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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Kingsford, Michigan
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

My brother and I went to this museum on October 24, 2014. We were so disappointed! We had to go in with three other people. They were in front of us and first we had to watch a short video about people that died in the electric chair, it took a good three minutes! We preceded on...the three people had... More

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

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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San Antonio, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

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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Massapequa, New York, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

So much authentic stuff, it was great. We loved how the exhibit went from very old (and gruesome) stuff to modern times. Lots of information, lots of interactive opportunities. Really very fascinating and worth the entrance fee. Not to miss.

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38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Like most museums there is a lot of information. Wish we would have allotted more time to read all the interesting things. We spent about 2 hours here and there was plenty more to do. We got free tickets thru the Big Bus Tour. Would recommend.

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

Hi iheartadam, thanks for your review! We are sorry you didn’t have time to see everything, but we would love for you to come back and see the rest! Fun fact: we <3 Adam too. More

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