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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 #51 of 252 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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Although not free like the Smithsonian museums it is well worth the visit. Very interesting and informative. Can spend a few hours in here.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This museum is very nice, it's a great journey throughout Americas criminal history. My wife and I had free tickets and didn't think we would stay there long, but were there for over three hours. I must see in DC.

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Salem, New Hampshire
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

we paid extra for the audio tour, it was good for my daughter who hates to read! lol you don't really need it though. It was so fun going through the rooms looking at artifacts from some of the craziest people in the world! Also learning the background about these people was super cool

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Bethpage, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Although it was very interesting, My daughters ages 10 and 13 got a little freaked out by some of the displays.

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Brisbane, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This attraction is composed of a series of themed galleries that highlight America's criminal history and masterminds of different eras. The information was well set out and easily accessible, written in an easy to digest manner. Next was the more interactive displays relating to actual punishment of crime...getting booked, fingerprinted, the line up etc. The crime cards that print out... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a fantastic museum, you could spend hours there. Ticket is valid for all day, so we actually popped out and down half a block to Starbucks to refresh and then went back in to finish our visit. On the first floor there is so much to read and see, everything is set out in a really user friendly... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What a worthwhile experience and one that is easy to miss because there already is so much to do in Washington DC. Ted Bundy's Volkswagen, the one he used to hide and transport his victims, is the first item you see upon entering the museum. The museum also has Bonnie and Clyde's bullet-ridden car. We were amazed at the breadth... More

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

Hello KClovestotravel, Thank you so much for your outstanding review of the Crime and Punishment Museum! We are so happy that you and your teens enjoyed it. Come see us again someday! Susan More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A great set up about the history of crime & punishment from middle age to recent crimes which some were scripted to be come a series for movies. There was not much mentioned about it and we have searched for it out of my kids interest. I personally recommend it while one has to allow enough time to enjoy the... More

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

Jasem Z, Thank you so much for your outstanding review of the Crime and Punishment Museum. We are so pleased you enjoyed the experience. Come see us again someday! Susan More

Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

With so many free monuments, etc in this great city, it is hard to justify spending $23 on a half-baked museum. I recommend touring the FBI building instead. This is a walk through of exhibits - none very striking or profound. The exhibit spans down turning, narrow corridors, down and up flights of stairs and not really worth the price... More

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Portland, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The $25 fee seemed high but it included the book. They also did not charge for doing the police car simulator or the shooting range near the end. The displays were interesting and not scary. They did a wonderful job of handling the topic in a way that appealed to teenage boys but did not frighten others. We spent about... More

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

Hello Patricia424, On behalf of the staff and management of the Crime Museum I would like to thank you for the stellar review. We so pleased you and your boys enjoyed yourselves! Susan More

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