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DEA Museum & Visitors Center
Ranked #22 of 107 things to do in Arlington
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Owner description: An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of illegal drugs in America.
Reviewed 19 May 2012

Spent a good 2 hours there learning about drugs and its history. Free admission but note the days open online. However, I must say that the exhibition unfairly put the blame on the Chinese workers who brought opium into the U.S. in the mid 1800s when it doesn't explain that the British - along with the U.S. - were the ones who introduced opium to China in order to weaken the nation physically and mentally for the Opium War.

Otherwise, very interesting and worth a special trip.

Thank ariesgal
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

I pass this museum often and had always wanted to stop, then finally convinced some out of town visitors to go with me. I liked it!!! It was fun to see what the DEA does. I didn't know a lot about that agency before we went - for example I hadn't thought much about how the current focus is on PRESCRIPTION drugs, not street drugs.
They have some cool displays of things the DEA has seized over the years. Historical information on the history of drugs. Very moving books of letters written by people whose lives have been affected by drugs (like parents' whose children have ODed).
It is not your average museum, but a fun place to spend an hour!

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Reviewed 10 June 2011

I guess I expected more of an interaction, but overall it was very informative. It was a big commercial to not do drugs basically. Wanted to see more interaction with how to DEA solves cases rather than a history of drugs.

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