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“What a blast” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Crime & Punishment

National Museum of Crime & Punishment
575 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
202-393-1099
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$21*
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Ranked #59 of 486 things to do in Washington DC
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
“What a blast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010

My daughter and I had such a blast w/ the simulated shoot out and tank . We hope people visit this museum for the hands on experence.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, July 28, 2011
Thank you for your review! We are glad that you loved the interactives :). Hope you can visit us again in the future!
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Olathe, Kansas
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“It would be a crime to miss this museum...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

This museum captured my attention from the minute I walked in the door and held it until I escaped about 90 minutes later. Had there been more time to spend I would have enjoyed reading more of the displays. Some of the text is hard to read (too small or poorly lit), and the more interesting items usually had several people standing around them waiting for their turn to read. Many of the interactive displays had rather long lines so I did not participate in those. But if you are interested in the progression of crime and punishment in the United States, then you need to see this museum! Please be advised there is a charge for this museum,

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
Thank you so much for your review! Come see us again to check out our brand new "Unabomber" exhibit!
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Orange, California
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“Suprisingly not as interesting as I thought it would be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

Thought there is sizable space for exhibits, the museum seems to try to cover to much in an uneven fashion. Some of the exhibits are interesting such as the replica jail cell and medical examination room, but others (such as movie props) were boring. Some the stories presented were uninteresting. I also disliked the tendency to display information violent crimes (though all crimes are discussed). If you had a choice I would recommend going to the International Spy Museum instead.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
Thank you so much for your feedback. It really helps us to recognize the needs of our guests, and improve :). We try to include something for everyone here. You mentioned that the jail cell was one of your favorite parts, however some of our guests enjoy the movie exhibits more than anything else. Since your visit last summer, we have added a few new exhibits, as well as interactive workshops. We hope that you'll pay us another visit!
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Great for HS Students (And Chaperones!!)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

We made a visit to the museum a part of a school trip to DC and were blown away. The museum is huge and has exhibits covering all facets of crime and punishment. We were able to book a CSI lab for our group, as well, and the kids were very engaged. One of the best qualities of this museum is that it is very hand-on, from the police simulators to the CSI section to the replica prison cell.
I give it my highest recommendation.
(FYI - Plan to spend around two hours inside.)

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
We are so glad that your group had a wonderful time! Students love our interactive workshops! We recommend the Full Forensics Lab, if you haven't taken part in it already. We hope to see you again soon!
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Branchland, West Virginia
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“great, even for a pay museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

This was our first attraction visit upon reaching DC on a Saturday evening. Though I hesitated to visit a pay museum with all the free ones available, we decided to do this one, especially because of its hours open, until 9pm vs. 5:30pm for free ones, and all the good reviews read here, and plus I am a huge America's Most Wanted fan. Tickets were around $20 each plus a few extra dollars for the audio tour we decided to do too. Museum does a great job walking you through the history of criminal punishment, all the different methods of punishing criminals down through time, as well as all the different types of crimes committed, whether it be pirates, mafia, bank robbers, computer criminals, etc.. Highlighted are such criminals as Jesse James, Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger, Blackbeard, FBI's 10 Most Wanted (including Osama), serial killers, etc.. During our walk through, we got to see such things as Dillingers heavily bullet-stricken car, as well as Bonnie and Clyde's, various guns and weapons used by those such as Pretty Boy Floyd, exhibit on various prisons such as Rikers and Alcatraz, an electric chair, etc... I also got do a line up, experience a replica jail cell, and sit on a police bike. Because we got there a little before closing and spent so much time on the top floors, we unfortunately didn't get to spend much time in the CSI portion which included much reading and explanation as to what all goes on in the lab. As we left, we walked past the America's Most Wanted set as they appeared to be preparing for a show and was somewhat disappointed to find out that John Walsh would be in the museum to do a show, but unable to see it. Oh well, it was still a very neat experience definitely worth the time and yes even the money.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone! We are glad that you had such a great time :). Please come and see us again soon!
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