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National Museum of Crime & Punishment

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Address: 575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-1099
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Very interesting with lots of hands on experiences!

It's true. Most of the museums are free in DC and this one is not BUT it's very interesting and cool for older kids who sometimes getting tired of "culture!" It's not as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It's true. Most of the museums are free in DC and this one is not BUT it's very interesting and cool for older kids who sometimes getting tired of "culture!" It's not as expensive as the Spy Museum, especially if you buy tickets online, and it's more fun. The interactive stuff is better, too. Unfortunately, in the car chase and... More 

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Berkeley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see in Washington DC and so many terrific museums to visit -- I would put this museum very low on your list. Besides the fact that the subject matter was really depressing (one does not leave feeling great about humanity) it felt like a "scare-tactic" kind of display style. Within 10 minutes I decided I... More 

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new york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My son wanted to stop in and I thought I would be bored. NOT TRUE! Very interesting displays and facts all throughout the museum. Not free like the Smithsonian but worth the cost in our opinion. Small gift shop at the end of the tour. Would have liked a map or better signage to show where we were in the... More 

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We were under the gun to get to our senator's office by a certain time for a tour of the Capitol, and we had not left enough time here to spend the time that is required to read and experience everything you want to here. I would go back to this place to finish reading everything. You start with criminals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Had a few hours to kill with my 9 yr old grandson. He had a blast at this museum. Very interesting if you like crime etc. Perfect for boys. .. and reasonably priced. Good value for your money

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our afternoon at this museum, but we skimmed through the second floor and didn't even make it to the third floor. Without being given a map or having maps posted, we didn't know how big it was, didn't plan our time wisely, and didn't have time left for some of the more interesting exhibits. That being said, there... More 

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Spencer, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

During a peak season when every place we visited was crazy busy, this museum was not so packed that we couldn't get up close and personal to see all the exhibits. All the exhibits were interesting and well organized. We were there two hours and I would gladly have stayed much longer if I hadn't been so tired. My one... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

A lot of thought has gone into this museum. There are lots of stairs, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My mom and I went here and spent almost 3 hours! It was fascinating and informative. They have TONS of different aspects and lots of interactive sites, there's a crime lab which is super cool. It may not be great for really little kids as it could be a little scary but 12+ will love it. Spend some time to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It was a very cool museum most of the things inside were free if it was less crowed it would have been a great museum but such small area very cramped

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