We went enthusiastically to check out this new museum but were very disappointed. Although, the exhibit started out promising with clever crowd control bars made of cufflinks and an exhibit of police badges from across the country, it soon went downhill. Overall I would say there is too much emphasis on the sensationalized crime - serial killers, mobsters, medieval torture devices,etc. There was one small area covering white collar crime and nothing on art theft or forgery, just a passing mention of internet crime. Both my husband and I found it very depressing from a subject content since there was a lot on crime and not too much on how to stop crime, with the exception of a room dedicated to "America's Most Wanted" (which the exhibit was not working at the time). I would also add a caution to those who go with younger children (9 and below)... we were worried that the subject matter was too grim for our 9 yr old son. ("Mommy, what is a serial killer"? - not a conversation you want to have.)
We were also surprised that there was very little emphasis on all the men and women who dedicate their lives to fighting crime. They have one token uniform hanging with a sign that says something like "dedicated to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty".
In addition, subjects were not covered in depth or to highlight little know but interesting facts. I contrast this with the Spy Museum, which shows little known facts, like how even Julius Ceasar used some espionage in his day.
From a physical plant point, the museum does not have a very good air handling system and it very stuffy in the building and we all went home with headaches.
In summary, while the museum is not awful it is not great either. With all the other museums in D.C., these guys will have to work a lot harder to keep up with their high quality neighbors if they want to stay in business.
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