My daughter (22) and I spent March 17th, 2013 at this museum in DC. We got there around 1:00. The next time we looked it was 6:15! We literally read every description in front of every display.
As others have pointed out, the spelling and grammar are atrocious! I knew this from having read reviews prior to going. My daughter couldn't believe that there were so many misspellings and poor grammar. She asked "did a public school kid write these displays"! (Sorry if that is snarky, that is what she said).
We paid extra for the CSI experience. This was a little hokey - o.k., a lot hokey, but, it was kinda cute. Worth $8.00 extra each - I'm not so sure.
We got to the museum about 45 min before our CSI experience started. When it was time to go down to it, we just went on. There were no announcements, so keep tabs on the time.
The experience was held on the floor with the old set of America's Most Wanted. The premise of the experience is we are to solve a murder. We are given a 'file', which is supplemented with photo's of bullet exit wounds, stab wounds - while it sounds gruesome, it totally wasn't. But then, I'm an ex-surgery nurse practitioner, so there isn't much that rattles me. I love this kind of stuff. There was a little girl about 8 years old at our table. When they said they were going to run a film on an autopsy, I was concerned about the little girl. Believe me, you see more 'autopsy' on CSI Miami than during this video!
Then we got to inspect 6 fetal pigs - 2 with 'severed spines', 2 with gun-shot wounds, and 2 with stab wounds. I could determine the severed spine pigs, but not the other two. I've seen real GSW's and stabbings - these pigs did not have the same injuries! As the lady said, they are fetal pig sized gsw's and stabbings!
After this 45 min add-on, we returned to where we left off in the museum. There are several interactive exhibits. I kept trying and failing to 'crack the code' on a safe.
There is an auto driving simulator where you get to flip on the lights and sirens and take off after the bad guys. The vertigo this machine caused was unbelievable. My daughter was still complaining of feeling nauseous 2 hours later.
Then we got to the shooting simulator. What fun! I've shot a 9 mm hand-gun many times at the range. She had never picked up a gun. The video shows you (as a police officer) going into a crack house. You have to know when to shoot and when not to. The 'bad guy' jumps up with a gun, and dang if my daughter didn't plug him with two right in the chest, out of 3 shots fired!! My four shots didn't even come close to him! This was probably the best exhibit. No line, we just walked right up to the display.
But wait, there's more. There is an apartment scene where a 'murder' has been taken place. This several room exhibit then goes through what the CSI people do, there is an autopsy table with a 'body' on it. Then lots of info regarding ballistics and drug testing.
Moving on, you pass through a jail cell, and learn about various jails and some of the infamous people who lived in them.
All in all, a very nice way to spend a wet, cold, dreary day and be totally entertained.
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