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National Museum of Crime & Punishment - CLOSED

575 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1607
+1 202-393-1099
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Tons to do and see!

My husband and I are both huge crime buffs so we loved this musuem. The museum takes you through... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2013
Travelbug4574
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Hope, Indiana
Interesting museum but should be more interactive

There are some interesting exhibits at this museum, including torture devices, an early electric... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2013
meowlise
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Gainesville, Virginia
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575 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1607
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

My husband and I are both huge crime buffs so we loved this musuem. The museum takes you through the early history, through popular criminals up to how a crime is solved. It used to be the old site of filming for America's Most Wanted...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Hi Travelbug4574- Thank you for coming to see us at the Crime Museum! We are thrilled that you and your husband had a great visit and enjoyed the Top Detective Challenge! I agree - there is a ton to do and see! I bet you...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

There are some interesting exhibits at this museum, including torture devices, an early electric chair, serial killer information, etc. However, the majority of the exhibits were pictures/text not often accompanied by artifacts. I found the stories and facts interesting, but it was way too much...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Thank you for visiting us! We are glad that you found some of our exhibits especially interesting, and enjoyed the stories and facts! There are over 100 interactives, including a police line-up, lie detector test, crack-a-safe, booking room etc.which both children and adults typically enjoy...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This could truly be overload. When you enter a crime happening.(on film) What did you see, what do you remember? Takes you from there to how a crime scene is investigated and sifted thru. So much is packed into this building. Early torture devices. Pirates,...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Thank you for your review! I agree - there is a lot of information in our museum and plenty of interactives! We hope that you enjoyed your visit! We do have a Halloween event, Fright at the Museum - you should come check it out...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This museum is beyond interesting starting from the Wyatt Earp straight through America's Most Wanted and CSI......I was so glad we did this while we were in DC, would recommend to anyone with an interest on the macabre side and can't wait to go back.More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Hi Tara H- Thank you for visiting us! We are so happy that you had a great time at the museum and found it "beyond interesting." We hope that you had a nice time in DC and will visit us next time you are in...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We only made it through the first half of the museum before we became too tired of walking and standing to continue (we are both 70). The displays are well done, but most of them are boards with pictures and text. We found the first...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Hi KenandDeeOlsen - Thank you for your review. We are happy that you found several our displays interesting, but we are sorry to hear that you found yourselves tired halfway through :-( There are a few places to sit; however, we do understand that it...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Since everything we would usually visit was closed we decided on checking out the other sites. We decided to check out this museum and were pleasantly surprised. It felt like a sister museum of the Spy Museum. Our 9 and 11 year old boys loved...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

HI Hawaiiantraveler66 - thank you for your review! Even though most of the DC sites were closed, we are happy that it gave you the chance to come visit us! We are even happier that you and your sons had a great time and loved...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Since the majority of the things we had planned for our trip to DC were closed (thank you US Government), I was forced to improvise in entertaining my 13yo daughter who is ADHD and speech impaired. This was one of the pricier places we went...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

We are so thrilled that you and your daughter had a great time at our museum! I know that the shutdown put a damper on a lot of trips people had planned, but on the plus side, you got to visit us! The Top Detective...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Starts with medieval devices, lots of displays about the criminals of the early 20th Century (Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, etc), various execution methods (a guillotine, a gas chamber, an electric chair, a lethal injection machine). There's a shooting simulation where you have to...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

I agree- both the driving and firearms simulators are really fun and are worth trying!! It's pretty neat to get to use the same simulators that are used in police training! :-) Thank you for visiting us and thank you for writing your review!

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This "museum" is the worst I've ever been to. The only interesting part of this place was Ted Bundy's car in the lobby, and a temporary traveling exhibit of actual medieval torture devices from some guy's personal collection. The rest of the vast square footage...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

Dear LBee123 - Thank you for your recent review. We have over 600 artifacts in the Museum on display. Some of the guns we have are replicas. DC gun laws prohibit us from having firearms on display that could potentially be fired. The guns would...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I went from a Groupon coupon, and it was a coupon well bought. This museum goes through the wild west outlaws, old school mafia, serial killers, and kidnappers, and talk about their lives before and after their crime sprees. Very interesting...don't go if you have...More

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Thank you for your review, Mooreea! We are so happy to hear that you had a great visit at the museum and found it all to be interesting! I love that the museum explores crime throughout history, so I am excited that it interested you...More

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