National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Washington, District of Columbia
575 7th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004| Map |
The National Museum of Crime & Punishment features exhibits on colonial crime, pirates, Wild West outlaws, gangsters, the Mob, mass murderers, and white collar criminals. Twenty-eight interactive stations include high-speed police chase simulators and a Firearms Training Simulator similar to that utilized by the FBI.
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Online ticket discounts available. Special exhibits or attractions may incur additional costs.
Address: 575 7th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 7 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Holiday, seasonal and extended hours vary. For additional details, check schedule. More Info
Price: Adults (12-59): $18.95; Children (5-11): $14.95; Children under 5: Free; Seniors (60+), Students & Military: $15.95 More Info
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I have a teen who is a real fan of forensic psychology and criminal investigation so this museum is right up our alley. It is very text heavy and there is no real overarching narrative that ties things together but what is in here is pretty fascinating. We like the interactive parts and have done several of the CSI experiences (those are the add on sessions and not part of the regular price). To be honest those are the best part in our opinion. We did Body Decomposition today and the grad student who "taught" it/facilitated it was fantastic - she knew her stuff! Lots of questions from the group which she answered very well. We got to do some calculations to determine different things about body decomp and it...
Favorite. Museum. EVER! I'm a true crime buff so this place was right up my alley. The exhibits are great and very well organized; definitely worth the steep admission fee. If...
I purchased 4 living social vouchers for this museum and man it was a fantastic bargain. This museum is pretty pricey if you are taking a family of 4 easily $80 and I paid half price needless to say. Not good for children really under 6 maybe even 7 or 8. I took my 6 and 11 yr old. It's a lot of reading. A few interactive quizzes. For a $1 you can pl...
If you go for "free museum weekend" be sure to get there early. You print your tickets beforehand, but the line was out the door when I went around 1 in the afternoon. Otherwise, you can spend the $20 per ticket and walk straight in. I think the exhibits inside are pretty hit or miss. I tend to enjoy the more historical aspects (pirates, wild west, serial killers, mafia) but quickly lose interest in the process exhibits (booking, fingerprints, incarceration). The shooting simulations would be fun if it wasn't so short lived. My girlfriend got to enjoy it for longer as she basically drew a bullet outline of the assailant, but if you put your first shot through his chest (yeah, that just happened), then y...
A more useless museum in the city does not exist. "National" title aside, this is a private museum. I like private collections, as they tend to have more focus and better oversight than their public counterparts, but these people seem to have opted for no oversight at all. There are no real exhibit areas, just one tunnel after another opening up in spots like an ant colony. Whatever narrative you can find in the displays is lost when you turn the corner and walk into something else entirely. As others have pointed out, there's an appalling number of spelling errors on the placards. It screams of carelessness. If the people who run the place don't give a damn, why should you? (I see the owner has responded th...