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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202-393-1099
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Ranked #50 of 257 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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Massapequa, New York, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

So much authentic stuff, it was great. We loved how the exhibit went from very old (and gruesome) stuff to modern times. Lots of information, lots of interactive opportunities. Really very fascinating and worth the entrance fee. Not to miss.

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iheartadam
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Like most museums there is a lot of information. Wish we would have allotted more time to read all the interesting things. We spent about 2 hours here and there was plenty more to do. We got free tickets thru the Big Bus Tour. Would recommend.

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

Hi iheartadam, thanks for your review! We are sorry you didn’t have time to see everything, but we would love for you to come back and see the rest! Fun fact: we <3 Adam too. More

Stuart, FL
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We read the reviews and they seemed a little mixed. We had a great time and spent about 3 hours on our visit. We read a lot of the placards but this is one of those places you would see and do something different on every visit. It would be a little boring for young visitors since there is a... More

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

Hi CLRD4TO, thanks for your review! We always looking to improve and we appreciate your feedback. Anytime you make the trip up from the Sunshine State, we would love to have you back! More

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a blast - heaps of interesting exhibits and hand on stuff for the kids. We were a bit rushed and would have liked more time - one of those places you can get stuck in a long time. Probably allow 2 hours for the rushed version and 3 to really take it all in. Some of the memorabilia... More

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

Hi Brrk, thanks for your great review! We are so glad that you and your kids enjoyed your visit. If you visit the States again, we hope you will come back and see us! Aussie Aussie Aussie! More

Gresham, OR
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

In a word: Meh. Highlights from my 3 hour visit: Ted Bundy's car, a police driving simulator, a police shooting simulator. There are a whole lot of era museum pieces with placards that say things like, "This is a gun like the Dalton gang may have used." Some interesting bits on medieval torture, and some interesting bits on serial killers... More

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

Hello Tom, thank you for your review. You have some great ideas and we appreciate your feedback. More

Rohnert Park, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My mom took me here the summer before my freshman year of high school years ago. I love forensic sciences and have a deep fascination for crime and punishment. We discovered this baby while out and about and we had to stop in. I can't remember the whole visit, but I still talk about it non stop now as an... More

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

Hello Caledonia, we are so glad we were able to leave such an impression on you! Thank you for your kind words and we hope you come back next time you are on the East Coast! More

Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The museum is da bomb! I am a sucker for learning about the darker side of humanity, and the Crime and Punishment delivers! Great narratives of different parts of history, such as the wild west, make for a fun time. Plus, there are lots of interactive activities. My go to private museum for out of town guests.

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

Hi Danny, thank you for your great review! We appreciate that you bring your friends here as well. Come back and visit us soon! More

Cathedral City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lots of interesting exhibits - very unique - allow plenty of time! Nice that it is open later than many other museums. We really enjoyed it.

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

Jeannette F, Thanks for your review! We stay open late to accommodate nighttime museum-goers like you! Please come back soon… More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I love learning about anything involving crime and this museum was on my "To See List." One word to describe this place...AH-MAY-ZING! There is so much to see and so much to learn. There are interactive games and exhibits. If you have the time, allot about 2+ hours. It is a lot to take in. I will definitely return to... More

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

SeRonne A, Thank you for your kind review! We are sorry you did not have time to see everything; we can’t wait for you to come back! More

Thessaloniki, Greece
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79 reviews 79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

learned a fair bit about a few major crimes, got to play a gun game towards the end and enjoyed most the attractions. Would recommend.

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

MichaelJT19, Thanks for your review! We hope you come and visit us again! More

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