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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 #53 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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

Dayton, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Overall this was my families favorite stop. Bought the $10 book for the kids to find the hidden medallion. It got then reading more than they would have, but led to them getting interested in everything in each room. We all felt hands down the most fun we had all week.

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

Hello Crystal L, On behalf of the staff and management here at the Crime Museum I would like to thank you for the outstanding review! We are thrilled you named our museum-"the most fun you had all week!" In a place like DC that is quite the compliment! Susan More

Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A good museum, very interesting, nice stories, well informative. But, think about a little bit more than 2 hours to visit if you want to read everything and forget the audio guide, it's nothing usefull.

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

Hello exploreqc, Thank you sincerely for your great review of the Crime and Punishment Museum! We are so pleased you enjoyed it! We are sorry you did not find the audio tour useful and will take this matter into consideration. Susan More

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. My son has recently moved to DC and had not yet heard of this museum. My husband and I were visiting him from Florida and a friend recommended we check it out. It was definitely worth sharing some of our time on it! We all found it... More

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

Hello KandDFL, 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

Huntington, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
26 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Unfortunately, I had not read other reviews to purchase tickets online before visiting the museum. We had a $1.50 per person discount card from the lobby of our hotel, so that was discounted from the $21.00 admission price, which I thought was a little steep. It was interesting to read about famous criminals but I was disappointed to find that... More

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Oriskany Falls, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Loved the exhibits. Great way to get away from the crowds in DC. Buy tickets online and save a few dollars.

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

Jo W, We sincerely appreciate your 5 star rating! We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Come see us again sometime! Susan More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museum is well organized and has many displays from the ancient punishment techniques to the latest. Great place to learn of the evolution of punishment in our society. It also has a detective game for children of all ages!

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

Guisum, Thank you so much for the great review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the museum! Come see us again sometime! Susan More

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