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“Fantastic” 5 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 #19 of 35 attractions in Arlington
Type: History 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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18 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We loved it, Museum is closed but the history of this site is amazing. You learn so much about the DEA that you don't realize that it more than the United States that is involved. Would go back again.

Visited April 2013
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ARLINGTON
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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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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