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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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A must-do in DC

This place was great! It is a little bit expensive, but there is such a wealth of information here that you get your money's worth. I learned quite a bit, from stories of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2012
Jen H
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Johnstown, New York
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Alexandria
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This museum is really nice and a change from all the other museums in DC. There is a LOT of information on crime and punishment dating back to the earliest of days. It was interesting to read what crimes were punished in the past and how they were done. Almost makes me think we need to go back to those... More 

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

I am happy that you found the information to be very interesting!! We have over 100 interactives, such as the firearms and driving simulators, so I am sorry to hear that you found the museum to be not very interactive... :-( We appreciate your review and your feedback - thank you! More 

Johnstown, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This place was great! It is a little bit expensive, but there is such a wealth of information here that you get your money's worth. I learned quite a bit, from stories of the notorious to the science behind ballistics. I would not bring small children here, but this might be a really cool place to bring a teenager or... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your visit and are happy that you had a great time! Thank you for naming us a "must-do in DC"! :-) More 

Stamford
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Our family loved this museum. The displays were well done and informative. Kids liked the police chase simulation and firing activity. Some of the exhibits were dark, so be mindful if you have young children. Also, leave the stroller at home. The elevator system is confusing, although they do give directions.

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

I am happy to hear that your family loved the museum and your kids enjoyed the driving and firearms simulators!! Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback! :-) More 

England
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99 reviews 99 reviews
22 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We are big fans of all things crime. CSI, Law & Order & anything connected to true crime. So this museum is right up our alley. Once the screaming school trip had marauded through, we could enjoy this museum in relative peace. The exhibits are great and my wife & I found ourselves competing with each other as to who... More 

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

We are thrilled that you and your wife had a great time at our museum and that it was the most fun you've had at a museum in many years!! We are always working to add new exhibits and artifacts, so we hope you will visit us on your next trip to DC! :-) More 

Exeter, Rhode Island
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband is a huge history buff and very into law enforcement/crime history. He convinced me to visit this museum on our recent trip to DC, and although I was reluctant to pay for a museum it was well worth the money. We spent about two and half hours (that's all we had befoer we had to return to the... More 

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

Thank you for your review! I am so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the museum and had fun with the interactives!! There is a lot to see and do - we hope you come back to visit us! :-) More 

Michigan
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117 reviews 117 reviews
48 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The did a great job here, one of the best museum in DC that cost to visit. Lots of cool interactive displays. I wouldn't hesitate to pay again to spend half a day in this museum.

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

Dear DPuck1998 – Back to back review awesomeness. I mean it just doesn’t get any better. Now we just need to have everyone believe it in their hearts! BELIEVE Trip Advisor Content Searchers. We are super cool! WE ARE! PLEASE COME VISIT US! DPuck1998…you are GREAT and if you come back on a weekend I will throw in a CSI... More 

Northern VA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We live in the DC area and we're (mom & 3 boys, 11,12,&13) spending our summer visiting museums. We LOVED this place! There is a "quest" to find a medallion you can do for an extra $10...do it! I would do it even if I were with adults...it's fun, and not so easy! It's a very interactive museum, and it's... More 

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

Dear Kelly K – You know just what to say to melt my marketing heart. Like I always say…Why be Spy when you can be a CSI! We love all the Museums in DC, but we can’t help but be partial to ourselves. Your review was great. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

It was my second time at the museum, and even 3 years later I think I had more fun than before. Love the "crack the safe", simulated police car (it felt so real) and being on Americas Most Wanted. This museum should be on must visit list for anyone going to the city, or even if you are a Washiontonian... More 

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

Dear PinkDollHouse – You got it right…even if you are from DC you should come see the Museum. I am from DC, and I feel like I discover something new about this city every day. I need to be more of a tourist. Since you are local and left us such a great review please stop in for one of... More 

Reston, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This place from the outside does not look like it would be worth spending money to see- you think it would be one floor- but no its three floors and a basement. I'm assuming this was taken up in an old townhouse. I enjoyed myself. If you have inquisitive children and adults this is the place to be on a... More 

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

Dear Armana K – Thank you so much for visiting our Museum and taking the time out to write a review. I was pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. You will walk a lot in Washington, DC, and you are very right…Wear comfortable shoes. I couldn’t imagine walking through this Museum and actually enjoying myself in stilettos, but some... More 

Lieto, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I must say I liked the museum a lot. It was easy to go through all the displays and the amount of information was just right. Not too much so that it is exhausting but not too little either. This kind of museum is still more like a fun ride than an educational experience although you could get some information... More 

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

Dear Bast62 – Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our Museum. We really appreciated your kind words and only wish that we had wooed you with our bright yellow Crime Scene Scarves and NCIS T-Shirts. We try to have items that appeal to all ages…so if you can think of something that would be great... More 

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