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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 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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Bethpage, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Although it was very interesting, My daughters ages 10 and 13 got a little freaked out by some of the displays.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This attraction is composed of a series of themed galleries that highlight America's criminal history and masterminds of different eras. The information was well set out and easily accessible, written in an easy to digest manner. Next was the more interactive displays relating to actual punishment of crime...getting booked, fingerprinted, the line up etc. The crime cards that print out... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic museum, you could spend hours there. Ticket is valid for all day, so we actually popped out and down half a block to Starbucks to refresh and then went back in to finish our visit. On the first floor there is so much to read and see, everything is set out in a really user friendly... More

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

Hello KClovestotravel, Thank you so much for your outstanding review of the Crime and Punishment Museum! We are so happy that you and your teens enjoyed it. Come see us again someday! Susan More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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

Jasem Z, 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

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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
1 review
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

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