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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
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$21*
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National Museum of Crime and Punishment Admission...
85%
Ranked #51 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My 15yo son is not really that into museums, but this is one he really liked. He declared it the highlight of our recent family visit to DC. We stopped in around 10:30 on a morning when DC was basically shut down due to 4 - 6 inches of snow - wimps! Anyway, the museum was short staffed so a... More 

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Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

I love the idea behind this museum. I am intrigued by crimes, the criminal mind, detective work and forensics. This museum is full of tidbits of interesting information however I couldn't get past the typos or word omissions in the exhibits - took away the credibility of the museum. The exhibits also need updating - many quoted statistics from 2007... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Being use to the free admission to most of the museums, this one can feel expensive, but it's worth it. Also, I'd recommend paying the extra $10 to do the scavenger hunt - my (13 y/o) son and I really enjoyed it! The only thing that I thought was really lame was exhibit on counterfeit goods. If you have to... More 

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Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The cost to enter was not cheap but the mixture of informational and interactive exhibits were very interesting and the inclusion of actual relics like Bonnie & Clyde's car made it special. The CSI exhibit was well done. My only negative was the lighting. The lighting was very dim and it made it very difficult to read some of the... More 

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Maryland
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I don't really get the high reviews for this attraction. The exhibits are fairly well done and informative, but not much new if you know anything at all about true crime. There are relatively few real artifacts, and many are pretty trivial. The highlight for me was probably John Wayne Gacy's clown paintings, which were pretty creepy. The special exhibit... More 

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

Dear 57_Mercator, Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback because it allows us to guarantee we are providing the best possible experience for future patrons. More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

As someone with a career in law enforcement, I was very impressed with this museum and its exhibits. A good historical summary mixed with humor. The shooting range adds fun to the experience. well worth the time and money.

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

Dear Deborah G, Thank you for checking out our museum. We love hearing from law enforcement and that they enjoyed their time with us. Glad you think we’re worth it! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I just went today and the museum was interesting but we signed up for the forensic lab and that was not what I thought it would be. The teacher was informative but spoke to the class like we were stupid. Also the classes are to packed, no room to sit and be comfortable. Not something I would recommend or go... More 

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

Dear Kellie B, We’re sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your crime lab. Rest assured that this information will be brought to the attention of our Director of Operations and CSI Coordinator. Please know that we appreciate all feedback as it ensures we provide the most optimal experience to future museum patrons. More 

Woodridge, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Anyone who enjoys learning about true crime and the justice system in america must check out this museum. Make sure you give yourself a few hours, because there is a lot of interesting things to check out in this museum!

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

Dear Britni T, We love that you think we’re awesome! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your time here and found our information on crime and punishment in America so interesting. More 

Jackson, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This museum drew us in because it was something different to do. We purchased tickets online a month before our trip & had them printed & ready to go in no time. My husband, who is a police officer, got a discount on his ticket, which was much appreciated. Despite being in law enforcement & 'knowing' about crime & punishment,... More 

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

Dear mefullerton, We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our museum with your family. It’s always great to hear from law enforcement and get their thoughts on our museum. We’re happy to have provided you with new information. Our eclectic memorabilia is very cool! More 

Conway, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Excellent museum. Took 3 hours because lots to read but well worth it. Highly recommend it to all ages excel under 6. Yahoo.

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

Hi Rose H, Thank you so much for the review. We’re glad to hear that you spent 3 hours enjoying the museum! Be sure to check us out again the next time you’re in DC. More 

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