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National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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National Museum of Crime and Punishment Review

America's history of crime and the judicial system are explored in exhibits that demonstrate tactics used by law enforcement, the work of forensic scientists and crime scene investigators, and the consequences for committing a crime. Exhibits range from a medieval torture chamber to the getaway car used by bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. With more than 100 interactives, you can put your hands in pillory stocks, take a lie detector test, enter a jail cell, and experience a simulated crime-scene investigation. From pirates, witches, and Wild West outlaws, to white-collar criminals, serial killers, and computer hackers, many displays involve reading, are at times grim, and are better for older children. Created in partnership with America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, the lower level of the museum includes a behind-the-scenes look at the program.

The museum recommends purchasing advance, discounted tickets on the website: tickets are spaced hourly with a specific date and time.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 575 7th St. NW, Downtown, Washington, DC, 20004 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/393–1099
  • Cost: $21.95; audio tour $5; forensic lab $8; top detective challenge $10
  • Hours: late Aug.–mid Mar., Sun.–Thurs. 10–7, Fri. and Sat. 10–8; mid Mar.–late Aug., Mon.–Thurs. 9–7, Fri. and Sat. 9–8, Sun. 10–7
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  • Subway: Gallery Pl./Chinatown
  • Location: Downtown
Updated: 05-23-2014

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