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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I have been here 3 times and always learn something new! The museum has a simple layout with tons of information and interactive displays per room. In one room you can attempt to open a safe, see inside a replica of Al Capone's jail cell, and go inside a replica of an old Wild West jail cell! Plan on spending... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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

Elias M, Thank you for taking the time to write your review of the Crime Museum. Your feedback helps us ensure we provide the best experience possible to our museum patrons. We are constantly working to improve the museum and your feedback is truly invaluable to this process. More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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New Carrollton, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It was very interesting and so full of information and we didn't realize that we had been inside for over 2 hours. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and there was no crowd. I loved the fact at was so interactive and hands on and it definitely kept our interest. There was either a driving or shooting simulation that was... More

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Massapequa, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
20 helpful votes 20 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
722 helpful votes 722 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review

flennee, Thank you so much for your review of the Crime Museum. Your feedback helps us ensure we provide the best experience possible to our museum patrons. More

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