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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

700 Army Navy Drive, DEA Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22202
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Ranked #21 of 36 Attractions in Arlington
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of illegal drugs in America.
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Stafford, Virginia
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159 reviews 159 reviews
63 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

First lets say this is Free. Do check out their gift shop - they have a bit of a sense of humor. Parking garage located nearby - reasonable! Was 0-2 hours $2.oo 2-3hrs $3.oo 3-4hrs $4.oo 4-5hrs $5.oo 5-6hrs $6.oo Most reasonable parking in Metro area that I've come across. Do not know what street meter parking was. It was... More

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Oviedo, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a small museum but enjoyable. We walked in at 4:30 PM and finished by 5:00 PM. We came upon it walking back from the Pentagon.

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Saskatoon,SK Canada
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155 reviews 155 reviews
58 attraction reviews
485 helpful votes 485 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We rolled the dice on this one and I will give it an OK. Not a WOW, but an OK. We were a family of 4 and the kids got bored quick. I got more out of it. There were a few really cool smuggling exhibits and guns. I like history so It was great to read on the history... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

You'll learn some VERY interesting facts in this tiny museum slipped into the ground floor of the HQTRS. Very near the Pentagon.

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Belgrade, Serbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Even though it was a small museum, it was packed with a lot of information. Gives you a good intro and history and it has very interesting artifacts. We spent about an hour, not reading everything but picking what to read about. Worth circling around looking for a spot so that we can go in.

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Newport News, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
55 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum is rather small but shows the evolution of drugs from the 1850's to the present. The museum displayed a lot of paraphernalia from the drug culture. There was a book there that had pictures of regular people ( I guess their families submitted the bios) and what drugs they took and how they died. A lot of the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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291 reviews 291 reviews
94 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Terrific place to visit if you're in the area. Lots of interesting items you won't see anyplace else. My kids enjoyed it and learned alot. It's alot easier to get to than people think - right next to the Pentagon City Metro / Mall.

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Wow. An incredible resource of information regarding legal and illegal drugs in the US. Incredible artifacts from historical figures. Lots of history about the infamous dealers and mafioso. The saddest part of the whole attraction is the "Faces of Meth" section, which shows how this synthetic drug destroys human beings. There is one "mugshot timeline" of a woman who was... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The placed gives a short ,but quality view of the drug world and the people who work for the DEA. The exibits show how things progressed over the years, to the drugs of choice now

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Cincinnati, OH
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

It took us longer to find this place and find parking in the mall garage then viewing this very small exhibit. But they did have signs up that they were expanding. So maybe after August 2013 there will be more!

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