We were a little bit leary about the cost of entry for this museum, having been burned more than once but- this one is worth the outlay.
It's very well organized- you start out in medievel times (where the emphasis was clearly on punishment!) and work your way through to the spies and bad guys (and gals) of today. There's a booklet you can get with clues for the kids to find which definitely helped us steer the 8 year old to the more kid-friendly exhibits. Some of the stuff is pretty gruesome so we avoided bits. I think his favorite section was the section about the gunslinging times- there's a rifle exhibit with targets that costs one dollar for the two tokens needed. The pirates section was also a hit.
I thought it was really well done and truth be told, my son found this more engaging than the Spy Museum. I don't know if it's because he's a little older than when we went to the Spy Museum or if it's the layout but he definitely enjoyed it.
The gift shop didn't have anything that yelled out 'buy me' for anyone, which is a plus for my wallet but not for their bottom line. (although the entrance fees more than cover my lack of purchasing anything!)
If you own or manage National Museum of Crime & Punishment, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.