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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 253 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This museum takes the visitor through the history of crime from the medieval times to western train looters to Catch Me If You Can's Frank Abagnail jr. There are plenty of interactive displays for the children (and adults, let's be honest). I loved the Bonnie & Clyde exhibit and the shooting simulation at the end. I would definitely include this... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

From Blackbeard to John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy to Frank and Jesse James, this place has it all. We stopped by the Museum of Crime and Punishment on our last day in DC more as an afterthought than anything else. We ended up spending three hours here perusing the many curious and interesting displays that range from Medieval Times on... More

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The promotions sold an extensive collection of crime and punishment from the Middle Ages up to now. For $60 bucks--three people--I expected reenactments. What we got was a couple of well-known, (means done to death) pieces and a lot of reproductions, props, and a LOT of junk. The Middles Ages exhibit took up six foot of wall with BIG spaces.... More

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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Sadly we didn't have time to see everything, but will go back again to finish off. This was a great attraction in the heart of the city and near the metro station. Very authentic settings, lots of info and interactive stuff to do. I managed to "shoot " 2 bad guys and attend a traffic accident in the simulators. Just... More

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Massapequa, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very interesting. Covered crime from Midevil times up till modern times. Went on a weekend so a little crowded and was a bit rushed. Great interactive displays. Bought the headphones, but better off without them. Overall a great experience

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Spend an exciting afternoon exploring this excellent museum. From early forms of crime and punishment to modern crime detection and prevention techniques, it's all there. Displays are fantastic, many "hand-on/interactive" areas that are great to hold the attention of all ages. Lots to see here, so leave enough time since you don't rush through and miss anything.

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Orlando, Florida
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255 reviews 255 reviews
182 attraction reviews
719 helpful votes 719 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Having reviewed many crime fiction novels and interviewing the bestselling authors, I’ve long had an interest in forensics and the dedication detectives and forensics “techies” have for their profession. Too, I’m writing a mystery, “The Art of Murder.” How could I pass up experiencing what this fabulous museum has to offer? The exhibits begin in the Dark Ages, featuring mostly... More

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Florida City, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After a few days of memorials and galleries, visiting this museum was a nice change of pace. There is a lot of information and detail, as well as original artifacts, that make this museum worth the price.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My family and I toured this museum and was quite impressed. This museum is larger than you would think, and full of neat items to look at.

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Waterford Works, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a great time in here. We saw many interesting things and learn things that we had only heard about. Found this to be a most do.

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

Ed M, Thank you for your outstanding review of the Crime & Punishment Museum. Your feedback helps us ensure that we provide the best experience possible to our museum patrons. We are so pleased that you enjoyed yourself! Come see us again someday! Susan More

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