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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

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Address: 700 Army Navy Dr, DEA Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22202-4207
Phone Number: 202-307-3463
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of...

An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of illegal drugs in America.

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Worth Seeing if You're in Arlington

We really enjoyed this museum. It's relatively small, but packed with interesting stuff. Oddly, it's housed in the ground floor of a large office building. It's free to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum. It's relatively small, but packed with interesting stuff. Oddly, it's housed in the ground floor of a large office building. It's free to enter. I would say it s a "must see" if you're staying in Arlington as we were. The museum has lots of interesting history, paraphernalia, propaganda and information/artifacts from famous drug-bust cases.... More 

Thank dhoag123
Williamstown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to understand how drugs have impacted the world over the centuries this is a must see. If you have an interest in drug law enforcement this museum is a must.

Thank Kirk E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

A nice small museum. Very informational. Not crowded. (We shareed the museum with about 4 other people.) Give yourself about one hour to finish the museum. That includes reading most of the exhibits. There are videos playing, paraphernalia displays, and a few interactive modules. My children (eight and 11) enjoyed their time here. They learned quite a bit about drugs... More 

Thank winnsmash
Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and free activities for children. They even get a badge at the end which was great. Lots to look at and see how the country has evolved. Many artifacts and interesting items to read. Will be back!!!

Thank FL_Miko
Brooksville, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The DEA Museum is a little difficult to find, but once found, it is small but very interesting. Amazing exhibits about drug trafficking from years ago to present time. A wealth of information on effects of using various types of illegal drugs, how drugs are transported, huge amount of money involved, how drug enforcement has worked and is still working... More 

Thank CindyLou L
Bristol UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Great place to visit with friendly experienced ex DEA staff. Good exhibits detailing some of the more interesting aspects of drugs trafficking into he US.

Thank Skypilot46
Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a tiny little museum that's actually housed inside of the DEA Headquarters off Army/Navy drive in Arlington. Directly across from the Pentagon. This museum is only open during certain hours and days, and it's always closed when the government is closed. There are many cool little exhibits that explain the beginning of Drug Enforcement in America until present... More 

Thank Carter H
New Britain, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

DEA Museum is in the lobby of a large office building so is not readily recognizable though easy to get to as it's right next to the Pentagon City Metro. It has a lot of information/history/details about the drug cartels/industry, health impacts, war on drugs, etc. This museum is very small and, although very informative, there is so much more... More 

Thank Eva C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

A high-security facility full of contraband and seized property. Another of those "obey the rules" locations in DC.

Thank DCMark1
Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

I had read about the museum and decided to make visit. This is a hidden gem. You can easily spend a hour looking at the exhibits and reading all the very interesting stories behind.

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