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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202-393-1099
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #48 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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lincoln, ri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

very educating and detailed overview of gang leaders etc back in the years. Even had the most recent scammer madeoff!

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

Hi Katrina508, Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you came to visit us and that you found our museum to be very educating and informative. More

New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped here when we were in DC for the cherry blossom festival. Great way to spend a few hours! The exhibits are set up and categorized chronologically and by topic, which gave the museum a good flow. The information was interesting and they had lots of historical artifacts. They had some interesting hands on exhibits... They have trivia computers and... More

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

Hi Lisa F! Thank you for your comprehensive review. We are so glad that you enjoyed everything from the informative exhibits to the interactive police simulators! We are thrilled that you came to visit us during your trip to Washington, DC and hope to see you again soon! More

Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My kids looked forward to this all day. We walked in and in 10 minutes they were ready to leave. Very creepy. Ted Bundy's car and signed death warrant--John Wayne Gacy's clown costume--just not up our alley. If you have older teens they would probably be ok with it.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We did the Top Detective challenge which we had to write down words and information in a booklet and use it to solve a clue (location of an item)...there was so much to read that I could probably spend all day here. Very educational.

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

Hi misterjuice! Thank you for visiting! We are so glad that you found our museum educational and that you did the Top Detective Challenge! The Challenge is a great way to become engaged with the material. Were you able to find the missing medallion? We appreciate your review and hope to see you on your next trip to DC! More

Tire Hill, PA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I study old-time crime...Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, etc., and finding out that Bonnie & Clyde's shot up vehicle was on display at this museum made it a "must see" for my husband and I. We were so surprised at the awesomeness of this museum. Everything is well-done and tasteful; when you're dealing with a distasteful subject like serial killers, this... More

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

Hi BillieGirl20! Thank you for your comprehensive review! We are thrilled that you and your husband “dug” our museum!! As you said, the museum is very informative and interactive! I am so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the unique activities and photo opportunities throughout the museum! We hope to see you again soon! More

Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This had to be one of our favorite museums. It's so well done and informative. Starts off with crime and punishment from the medieval times right up into current times. Fun interactive sights for kids and just overall fantastic.

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

Hi Phoebebigelow! We are so happy that you and your kids had a great time at our museum and that we are one of your favorite museums!! Thank you for your review; we hope to see you all again soon! More

Fishers, IN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

This was a great stop - my 11 yr old loved it! Great exhibits and some interaction too. We got our tickets free with our 48 hour bus ticket but it is worth buying tickets.

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

Hi RikkiLeeFishers! Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you and your 11-year old loved our museum! We hope that you will visit us again on your next trip to DC! More

Fairfax, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Upon going up to the cashier to pay, the attendant was still counting money from the previous customer, she didn't even look up and welcome me. After about a minute she looked up, we gave her our Groupon (she didn't say anything), she took the money, entered something in the computer and all she said to us was "no eating,... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was a great choice for me on a recent visit to DC. It was well worth the price of admission. I find crime, punishment, forensics, etc. very interesting. I opted for the audio for $4 more. That would be the only negative for me about this museum. The audio gives such a brief overview that I stopped using it... More

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

Hi TimeshareV! We are so happy that you and your husband came to visit us on your trip to DC! I am glad that you are very interested in the subject of our museum and spent hours enjoying the material. We hope to see you next time you are in town. Thank you for your review and for your feedback! More

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We went here with a group of about 150 high schoolers. I am one of these students and the museum was very cool. However, we finished the museum in about 30 minutes and we were suppose to spend 2 hours there. The museum staff would not let us finish the museum early so we had to sit on a bench... More

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

So sorry to hear about the whistle. That was our mistake. In those instances always ask to speak to a manager if you are dissatisfied. I am sorry that your school kept you waiting at the Museum longer than you wanted to. Your tour leader said you guys had 2 hours. On average, the visit to the Museum would be... More

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