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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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Pasadena, Maryland, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit to the museum. We had come last summer and loved it. My daughter has an interest in becoming a forensic anthropologist and was really excited when she found the Bones lab being offered. So of course we decided to go again this summer. VERY DISAPPOINTED in the lab session. It wasn't hands on at all... More

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Brooksville, Florida
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114 reviews 114 reviews
51 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum with our grown kdis while in DC on a family vacation. My husband went jsut because the rest of us wanted to and he was gonna be a good sport about it. He REALLY enjoyed it! We spent at least 4 hours going through the museum. IT was fascinating, informative and fun. The period of time... More

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Long Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Lots of good information here, a little pricey otherwise a nice time reviewing exhibits. $1.50 coupon isn't much of a discount considering its $22 normally...

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Essex, Vermont
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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28 reviews 28 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
104 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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