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National Museum of Crime & Punishment
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I was not really looking forward to this museum but my kids were they are 12 and 14. I have to say I loved it and so did my husband. It was very interesting. So much information. I was concerned it would be graphic but it was done well. I would recommend this and would return again.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear cheddar1509 – Thank you so much for your recent visit and review. This review stole my heart. We made you a believer! We need more people to trust in us! Hopefully your review will help others make a decision to come see us while in town. Thank you so much again! - Susan

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

This museum had lots to see and read and one could spend a day in there. It was fairly close quarters in the exhibit and so crowding could be felt at the more popular exhibits.
Some hands on things for visitors as you tour - I think my son and his friend would still be trying to crack the safe if we hadn't have found the gun simulator.

We paid for the lab, and although it was neat to learn about fingerprinting and the booklet helped us work through like a 'real' case - I thought we would have got our own casting material for the shoe print (and the one the presenter did she forgot to return to until I asked as people were leaving and it was still wet). It was hard to see and near meaningless to watch the two chosen volunteers do the shoe casting as there was no mirror and they were not positioned in a way that we could see. The fingerprinting was neat, tho. To do it again, I would probably choose a different lab - but they only run certain labs on certain weeks.

My son (age 13) said this museum was his favourite!

1  Thank jacqjacq
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear jacqjacq – Thank you so much for your recent visit and review! You came a long way to visit us, and we are so appreciative of your feedback. I actually oversee the development of the labs and will implement some changes based on your feedback because it makes total sense! I am not sure if you will ever be in DC again, but please stop by and say hello if you make it back. Warm wishes – Susan

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Visited with a group of students on a sunday morning.
Staff is friendly and helpful. They were expecting our group and everything was ready for us.
The students especially loved the police car simulator and the police force operations. The exibits are varied and interesting. The CSI lab was a hit! Would have liked the CSI workshop to be open, but the timing was off for us!
Nice and fun family visit, not too expensive either!

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear phc1968 – Thank you so much for your recent visit and review! We love school groups! We are visited by hundreds of schools each year and always ranked as one of the top places they visit while in DC. You also came a long way to visit! Thank you so much again and hope to see your school again next year. - Susan

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I am a bit of a crime buff so I had looked forward to visiting the museum. We opted for this museum over the Spy Museum as we read that the Spy Museum oversells and is often too crowded to enjoy, and we saw that this museum sold tickets online by the hour of entry to prevent it from getting overcrowded. Despite this, the place was overcrowded. There are countless interesting displays throughout the museum, but to throughly enjoy them you have to be able to read them without having to lean around a unattended 6 year old or wait for a clueless adult doing a statue impression. If you catch it on a slower day, I am sure you will enjoy it, but a large crowd can take much away from an otherwise enjoyable and educational visit.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear theclarkfamily3 – Thank you so much for your recent visit and review. DC during Spring Break is insane! There are lines everywhere. Since Spring Break is coupled with the Cherry Blossom festival there are even more people. You did make the right decision to visit us! I know the crowds can be a bit much as you wouldn’t expect DC to be like Disney World, but we are a top tourist destination with great food and culture! I am sure if we had a Wally you would punch him in the face, but at least we were open and you didn't have to use a gun! Please come again anytime, on us. Maybe in the fall? - Susan

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This museum kept my three teens fully engaged for 2 plus hours. They fully enjoyed their self tour. Look for GroupOn or Living Social coupons before visiting. I didn't do this and wished I had as I saw others receive 50% off and additional tour options.

1  Thank Kgiuffre
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear Kgiuffre – Thank you so much for recent review and visit! We appreciate you taking your time out to write such a nice review! There are always ways out there to get discounts! Visit our deals & steals page for other deals besides the ones on groupon or living social because they are not always available. Thanks again! We hope to see you soon! - Susan

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