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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

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Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This museum is pretty interesting! The history of crime and punishment and they way punishment is carried out in other places was cool and enlightening. Worth the visit!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is pretty interesting! The history of crime and punishment and they way punishment is carried out in other places was cool and enlightening. Worth the visit!

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

Dear WhitO5214, Thank you for the review. If you enjoyed the museum you may be interested in checking out one of our public forensic workshops. They are held on the weekends and registration is through our website. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Sacramento, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

So there's a VW bug sitting in the lobby and they want you to think it's Ted Bundy's. But if you read carefully, there's a sign that says this is like the car Ted Bundy drove. What the hell?! So you can just put a bunch of stuff in a museum and say it's like the real thing? Who cares?!... More 

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

Dear Susan R, Thank you for contributing a review of our museum. Just to clear up any confusion the 1968 Volkswagen in our lobby is an actual vehicle that was owned by the infamous serial murderer Ted Bundy. The Bonnie & Clyde car was featured in the 1967 landmark film “Bonnie & Clyde” with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Sincerely,... More 

Brisbane QLD
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22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We made a last minute decision to go here instead of driving out to the UMSC National Museum due to time constraints. Great decision as the afternoon flew by and each of us found it interesting. The entry fee was worth the time spent there and ithe nteresting exhibits.

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

Dear Tracey C, Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear your last minute decision proved worth it. You know what they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun…at the Crime Museum.” At least I think that’s how I think it goes. Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Oberlin, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It was a very interesting museum for my criminal justice daughter. My two 10 year old boys were bored by all of the reading. It is a pricy stop so maybe skip unless the kids are older. My college aged fighter loved it!

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

Dear Michele P, Thank you for the great review. We are so thrilled to hear that we were a hit with your college aged fighter! Definitely come check us out the next time you’re visiting DC. We wish your daughter the best of luck in her future endeavors. Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Kilsyth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Now this one sounded right up my street! Entry fee of $21 seemed quite steep, but when we reappeared 3 hours later, I felt we got a bargain! There is a lot of history in this place and as such a lot of reading to be done. That won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it is a museum. That... More 

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

Dear Glasgow_Par, Thank you for the excellent review. We are so glad we proved to be your cup o’ tea. Don’t forget to check us out the next time you find yourself in DC. As always it’s great to hear from fans across the pond. Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My daughter and I enjoyed the CSI area and the weapons of the past. They have Ted Bundys 'vw bug. Loads of fun and lot's to see.

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

Dear Va-sarge, Thank you for your review. We are so happy that you and your daughter had a fun time at our museum! Come visit us again soon. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Des Arc, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Loved this museum!! It has a lot of history info about old school gangsters. Bonnie and Clyde was my favorite. The down stairs area is a lot like CSI, it was a lot of fun.. If you like that sort of stuff it's awesome. It took us over 2 hours to go thru the whole thing. It was worth it!!

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

Dear Tammy_AR_27, Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you loved our museum. Make sure to come back again next time you’re in D.C.! Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Loved the exhibits. Really liked the mix of educational, informative, sinister, and downright weird. You learn about the techniques used in solving cases, and you learn about the lives of criminals dating back to the start of our country all the way to the present. I highly recommend this place, but be sure to give it several hours - this... More 

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

Dear David T, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back again soon! Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I went to this museum after the International Spy Museum, and I liked the Spy Museum much better. However, this was still a good museum. Very interesting hands on exhibits. The $5 audio guides are not worth it and do not add much beyond what you can read.

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

Dear Daniel M, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed our hands on exhibits. Your comments will be taken into consideration. Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

Edmond, Oklahoma
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49 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Ok, John Wayne Gacy's clown suits. Ted Bundy's VW bug. An autopsy dummy. This place is seriously creepy. We loved it! I played the scavenger hunt game with my daughter (10)and she really enjoyed it. We solved the puzzle and found the lost item. The "prize" was silly, but it was fun. We loved seeing the real police equipment and... More 

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

Dear Scrappymel, Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear how much you and your daughter loved the museum! Come back and visit again soon. Have a great summer! Sincerely, The Crime Museum More 

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Address: Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC

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