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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

700 Army Navy Drive, DEA Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22202
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Ranked #21 of 40 Attractions in Arlington
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of illegal drugs in America.

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English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Lovely little museum. Wife was sceptical but we both enjoyed the visit. One drug simply fills the void when the authorities gain control over another, so it's a never ending task. Wowed at the exhibit of the tunnel under the Mexico border. Please invest an hour of your time then you can go shopping in Macy's or the mall across... More

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Gresham, OR
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Let's start off with the obvious: Free is a Very Good Price! The DEA museum is small but crammed with interesting details on the history of drugs in the USA. It delves into the Chinese Opium Wars as background to the growth of the opium use in 19th century US society as the first significant recreational use of the drug,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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159 reviews 159 reviews
77 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This museum definantly has an agenda of presenting drug use in American society as the scounge of our existence and people can form their own opinion on the WAR on DRugs. BUT, even despite the slight appearance of propaganda ( including a list of all famous people and many common people killed by drugs in a binder near the door),... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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166 reviews 166 reviews
67 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
84 attraction reviews
562 helpful votes 562 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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317 reviews 317 reviews
99 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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