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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 #52 of 249 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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Essex, Vermont
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is interesting, educational & fun. There are so many different exhibits with many interactive things to do too. There is a fee but you could spend many hours here and it is not overly crowded like many of the free museums. My husband is not into true crime stories but he enjoyed our time here too!

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

Dear Grace101, Thank you so much for your awesome review. We truly appreciate it! Glad to see we got a visitor from Vermont! We hope to see you again soon. Susan More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went in with the teenagers and expected it to be ghoulish, but I was happily surprised to find it very entertaining and educational. There were enough "props" to keep everyone happy.

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

Dear Scrattletrap, What is a scrattletrap? LOL! Thank you so much for telling everyone how professional we are. This is not scary or gruesome museum. We cover everything, even celebrity mugshots! I am glad the family had fun! Susan More

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is now one of my favorite museums to visit! My husband & I decided on this museum since we both had never been & found the thought of such a museum interesting. From start to finish I found myself fascinated with all the information and displays. I didn't want to miss anything! We simply did the museum itself &... More

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

Dear MrsMiller14, Your favorite museum? Awwwww we are blushing. Thank you so much! I am so glad you and your husband had fun. Please come and see us again soon. You have to do the Forensic Lab! It is really fun! Susan More

Kettering, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
95 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We would never usually visit these sort of places, but our tour bus ticket included the admission...and it was fun. We tried our hand on the shooting range simulator with real guns doing the search of a house, Lesley managed to crack the safe, we saw Bonny and Clyde's shot up car, checked out the CSI mortuary and spent a... More

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

Deat PeterandLesley2013, All the way from the UK - AWESOME! I am so glad you came in to tour the museum and had a great time. It looks like you guys did everything! Thank you so much for your review. Susan More

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was the favorite museum for my eleven year old granddaughter. She could move through the exhibit without being crowded or rushed by others. She really liked cracking the safe and escaping from jail.

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

Dear J W, Your granddaughter sounds awesome! That age is perfect for our Museum. She would have loved the Forensic Lab! If you are ever here again, come check it out. Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate you! Susan More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

As one of the DC museums with an admission fee, I'd recommend visiting only when you have several hours to spend so that you get your money's worth. There is plenty of material to keep you busy. My husband and I visited all of the galleries but didn't get to read everything, and our visit took two hours. If your... More

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

Sesmarks, We are so glad you enjoyed our "criminally good" museum. Thank you so much for the excellent review. Come back again soon and bring your friends! Susan More

Stevensville, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We went with out kids, 10 and 14, and we all had a blast. Lots of interesting displays and fun things to do. The simulators were great. We will go back again. You can spend hours in this place. Highly recommend over the Spy Museum if you are with kids.

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

Kelcarib, We are so glad you enjoyed our museum. We also offer forensic workshops that your kids might enjoy. Thank you so much for the stellar review! Susan More

Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We were happy coming out of this one. A good way to "Kill" a few hours. It covers so much stuff. Any crime buff would be impressed. Would go again......

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

Jim d, We are so pleased you enjoyed our museum. Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We love having fans across the pond! Susan More

Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was such a unique, interesting, even somewhat creepy museum, and we loved it! It was such a different experience, it's hard to really call it a museum. We spent over 2 hours, mostly on the first floor. I found so much of the information on all the different time periods and crime history so interesting. Some of the pictures... More

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

JulieandDan, We are so pleased you enjoyed our museum. Most kids are not phased and actually love it! Thanks so much for your excellent review! Susan More

Port Huron, Michigan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The tools of torture from long ago were quite gruesome. Unbelievable how harsh punishments were way back when. However, these were well presented,explaining the when,how and why of the punishments. Then there was an area on famous criminals, their crimes and the results which was very entertaining. Lots of photos and artifacts. Onto unsolved crimes and then criminal investigations of... More

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

Sm00thtravel, We are thrilled you enjoyed the museum! The torture devices exhibit is one of my personal favorites! Thanks so much for your excellent review. Susan More

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