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“Surprisingly interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of DEA Museum & Visitors Center

DEA Museum & Visitors Center
700 Army Navy Drive, DEA Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22202
202-307-3463
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Ranked #20 of 71 things to do in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
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.
ARLINGTON
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29 reviews
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“Surprisingly interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Having lived in Arlington for many years I finally decided to check this place out. I spent a couple of hours reading all of the display materials. I found the early history of how drugs came to this country and became an epidemic and the consequent growth of drug enforcement to be the most interesting. There is also a lot of info about various drug busts, including materials confiscated during these events. Turns out the DEA is now largely focused on prescription drug abuse and production.

I would not recommend this to families with small children or early teens since there is a lot of reading to do. Parking is located at street meters and mall garages nearby. Metro is a couple of blocks away.

This museum can be easily combined with a trip to the Pentagon and Air Force Memorials nearby.

Visited November 2012
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Baltimore, MD
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“Great FREE Museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Definitely not something I ever thought about before but one day I was walking by and saw the sign for the museum. Then I read about it in one of the local magazines. It is a nice museum. It shows the histroy of drug use in the U.S. over time and some of the associated problems. Just make sure to check out their website in advance though, as they are only open certain days / times.

Visited August 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Tons of things to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Lots of reading and exhibits for a small museum. You can definitely spend a minimum fof 30 mins in there. Cool to see what items they seized from drug dealers and old undercover wardrobes.

Visited April 2012
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Walnut, CA
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“Best things in life are often free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Spent a good 2 hours there learning about drugs and its history. Free admission but note the days open online. However, I must say that the exhibition unfairly put the blame on the Chinese workers who brought opium into the U.S. in the mid 1800s when it doesn't explain that the British - along with the U.S. - were the ones who introduced opium to China in order to weaken the nation physically and mentally for the Opium War.

Otherwise, very interesting and worth a special trip.

Visited May 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Come See What the DEA Does!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

I pass this museum often and had always wanted to stop, then finally convinced some out of town visitors to go with me. I liked it!!! It was fun to see what the DEA does. I didn't know a lot about that agency before we went - for example I hadn't thought much about how the current focus is on PRESCRIPTION drugs, not street drugs.
They have some cool displays of things the DEA has seized over the years. Historical information on the history of drugs. Very moving books of letters written by people whose lives have been affected by drugs (like parents' whose children have ODed).
It is not your average museum, but a fun place to spend an hour!

Visited February 2011
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