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National Museum of Crime and Punishment
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, forensic scientists, 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 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.
- Address: 575 7th St. NW, Downtown, Washington, DC 20004 | Map It
- Phone: 202/393–1099
- Cost: Museum $21.95. Prices depend on tour choices; check online for discounts
- Hours: Sept. 5–March 17, Sun.–Thurs. 10–7, Fri. and Sat. 10–8; March 18–Sept. 4, Mon.–Thurs. 9–7, Fri. and Sat. 9–8, Sun. 10–7
- Website: www.crimemuseum.org
- Metro Gallery Pl./Chinatown.
- Location: Downtown
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