To find the museum, take the metro and exit at Archives stop. Then take 7th Street up. Once you cross E Street the museum is located on your right hand side. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from metro.
Tour starts with medieval ages crime and contraptions to punish criminals such as funnel for water torture, French iron, hand irons, etc.
You will then learn about America's first criminals whose crimes were often as simple as swearing, being caught drunk on public or not attending church services.
Proceeding further a chapter on piracy will be taught. Piracy was a man's pursuit but did you know there were several famous pirates as well?
Few steps further you will learn about the Legends of the West, both on the side of law and against it.
Crime thrived during the Great Depression and you will have a chance to learn about it while walking through the next exhibit followed by crime scene during the Prohibition and the rise of the mafia, and finally you will be shown some of the crimes of more recent history, robberies, heists, scams, hoaxes, murders, assassinations, identity theft, and computer crimes.
The last part of your excursion is devoted to the methods of investigating crimes and punishment of criminals through the US history. Due to my interest in forensic science this was my favorite part.
The museum offers great amount of reading material, many items to be viewed, and a variety of interactive activities for both adults and children. I spent 3.5 hours and if I wasn't pressed for time, I can see myself staying at least an hour longer.
I learned many fascinated facts about the history of Crime in America and recommend it to those interested in the subject.
Well worth the $23.27 adult admission.
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