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“Criminally good!”

National Museum of Crime & Punishment
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Criminally good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

As one of the DC museums with an admission fee, I'd recommend visiting only when you have several hours to spend so that you get your money's worth. There is plenty of material to keep you busy. My husband and I visited all of the galleries but didn't get to read everything, and our visit took two hours. If your schedule is predictable, tickets are available for advance purchase online and you can save some money. (The online tickets are specific to date and time.) We chose the general admission option instead of the audio tour.

The galleries on the top floor are a little tight on space during peak times, but the crowd seems to thin out as you descend to the lower floors, so just be patient if you feel crowded upstairs. The lower floors are cooler, too. There are lots of opportunities for interaction and photo-ops (non-flash photography is allowed), and you can also find stations throughout the museum to keep young kids interested, although the majority of the material is PG/PG-13.

Visited July 2014
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Sesmarks,

We are so glad you enjoyed our "criminally good" museum. Thank you so much for the excellent review. Come back again soon and bring your friends!

Susan
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Stevensville, Maryland
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“Fun for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We went with out kids, 10 and 14, and we all had a blast. Lots of interesting displays and fun things to do. The simulators were great. We will go back again. You can spend hours in this place. Highly recommend over the Spy Museum if you are with kids.

Visited July 2014
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Kelcarib,

We are so glad you enjoyed our museum. We also offer forensic workshops that your kids might enjoy. Thank you so much for the stellar review!

Susan
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“An interesting afternoon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

We were happy coming out of this one. A good way to "Kill" a few hours. It covers so much stuff. Any crime buff would be impressed.
Would go again......

Visited July 2014
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Jim d,

We are so pleased you enjoyed our museum. Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We love having fans across the pond!

Susan
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Columbus, Ohio
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

This was such a unique, interesting, even somewhat creepy museum, and we loved it! It was such a different experience, it's hard to really call it a museum. We spent over 2 hours, mostly on the first floor. I found so much of the information on all the different time periods and crime history so interesting. Some of the pictures and artifacts they have (for example John Wayne Gacy's clown suits) fascinating. Especially the section on serial killers. Creepy but cool! I will say, I saw some pretty young kids in there (maybe 5 and 8 years old) with their parents and I was surprised. I would think they would probably be bored and possibly scared here.

Visited July 2014
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
JulieandDan,

We are so pleased you enjoyed our museum. Most kids are not phased and actually love it! Thanks so much for your excellent review!

Susan
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Port Huron, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Gruesome but Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

The tools of torture from long ago were quite gruesome. Unbelievable how harsh punishments were way back when. However, these were well presented,explaining the when,how and why of the punishments. Then there was an area on famous criminals, their crimes and the results which was very entertaining. Lots of photos and artifacts. Onto unsolved crimes and then criminal investigations of today. All in all, well worth the time.

Visited July 2014
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Sm00thtravel,

We are thrilled you enjoyed the museum! The torture devices exhibit is one of my personal favorites! Thanks so much for your excellent review.

Susan
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