My family (hubby & 2 teenagers) had the best time here! We packed as much into our 2 night DC stay as possible (the Capitol, Newseum,War Memorials, paddle boats, Frederick Douglas house, all the Smithsonians we could fit into the schedule, etc.) and this quirky place was the highlight of it all! We were there for close to 3 hours (and left only because they were closing for the night :-). It has the perfect blend of museum artifacts and information, and action! Kept everyone interested, with plenty to read and learn and also lots of opportunities to interact (crime scene simulators, prison break outs, target practice...).
I just really, i mean really, enjoy leaving a place feeling like I totally got my money's worth... plus more! I just cant recommend it highly enough. Families with smaller children (maybe under 7 or 8) may want to evaluate how their kids handle dark or unfamiliar exhibits before going, but the place is soo big and so varied (brightly lit in places as well) that it seems you could easily bypass any areas that kids may be hesitant about. Overall, the museum does not go overboard with any gory nonsense anyway. It's just a solid, educational museum experience that just happens to have a lot of extra zip to keep everyone engaged! Go!
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