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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 248 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011 via mobile

Had an excellent time! Soo many interesting facts worth the trip!

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

Thank you for your fantastic praise! We certainly hope to see you again :). More

Topeka, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

We took our group of teens here for the first time, and the kids had a blast. There are three floors and we allowed about 2 hours for this stop. However, some of the kids could have stayed in here much longer. The highlight was the interactive areas where the kids could test their driving skills and shooting skills in... More

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

So glad to hear that your group had a wonderful time! Teens love our FATS and SIMS exhibits. We strive to be both educational and fun for kids. Be sure and participate in one of our Forensic labs on your next visit! More

Berryville, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I visited the National Museum of Crime & Punishment for the first time. I work as a court reporter so I have to deal with crime on an almost daily basis. However, I had discount coupons so figured if I didn't want to stay and check out the entire museum that it... More

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

We thank you so much for taking the time to write such an informative review! You might want to return on a weekend so that you can participate in one of our general public CSI workshops :). We hope to see you again! More

Long Beach, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

Our 11 year old begged to go to this museum and despite some misgivings, we gave in. Some aspects of the museum were gory (it starts off with Ted Bundy's Volkswagen and medieval torture implements). There are also exhibits on serial killers, Mob criminals, Wild West crimes and mass murderers; jails and prison breaks; and how criminals are booked. We... More

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

We thank you for your informative review, and take feedback very seriously. If you are craving something more interactive, perhaps you should check out our general public CSI workshops on Saturdays and Sundays :). More

Burlington, Kentucky
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22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

This museum will cost you to get inside. About $25. Slightly less if you have AAA. I went right on in with no waiting. Many different exhibits about the past and not so past crimes in our nation. Almost too many things to read. If you read everything there was to read, you would need four hours in this place.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback helps us to improve for future guests :). If you are a true CSI fan, I recommend that you visit us again on a weekend to take part in one of our interactive CSI workshops. More

Tulsa, OK
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

I thought this was a such a great place, but you have to have at least 2 hours to go through the whole thing. The first floor that you visit is not so young child friendly, but the next floor is really cool. I think the museum is probably best for kids who are at least 8, but our 3... More

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

Thanks so much for your awesome review! Yes our museum is definitely larger than it appears from the outside :). We strive to make our museum a kid friendly place. We hope you'll visit us again! More

Georgia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

I liked the museum, but there was a man in the building hassling older kids who were walking around without their parents. My 17-year-old was told to find her mother. Having paid an "adult" rate for anyone 12 and up, I do not think they should then hassle teenagers and older kids about needing to walk through with their parents,... More

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

Thank you for your helpful review. We are so sorry that your grown up children were hassled. This should not have happened, as that is an age where they could certainly visit us on their own. We would like to offer your family complimentary passes to return to our museum. Again, we apologize for your experience, and hope that you'll... More

New York City, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

I loved it! This was my final stop for my DC Memorial Day Weekend trip and it was an awesome way to end with a bang. Used my travelzoo discount, but it would have been worth the full price. Paid extra for the CSI experience (which is a pencil and little case booklet with clues you have to uncover throughout... More

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

Thank you for your phenomenal review! Sounds like you had a blast during your visit :). We hope you'll visit us again this summer to check out our "crimes against marine life" temporary exhibit! More

Syracuse, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

The Crime and Punishment Museum starts off feeling like a voyeuristic trip thru the dirty underside of American History, and never really gets any better. With limited artifacts, small areas and poor ventilation (at least on the day I visited) made for a fairly limited level of enjoyment. The price of admission is fairly steep, and the portable audio tour... More

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

Thank you so much for your feedback! We are always extending our artifacts collection. You might be interested in coming back to see our new "Unabomber" exhibit. The audio tour is narrated by Bill Curtis of Coldcase, and also has information from Dr. G, medical examiner. There's a great deal of additional information on the audio tours that can't be... More

Plainsboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

We were in DC over April 22nd-24th & wanted to spend some time at a museum on April 23rd. We have been to several of the Smithsonians & war monuments & thought that something different should be in order this time. With sons aged 7 & 8 years old, read about the museum & were initially concerned that it might... More

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

We thank you so much for your detailed review! We are happy that your family had a great time! I hope that you are able to come and see us again, as we just unveiled our new "Unabomber" exhibit. More

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