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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Interactive, small museum for tweens and above

Small museum but tells a coherent history of the drug trade and the evolution of the DEA. Target... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Interesting history of the agency

Friendly staff, small but full museum. Fascinating history of drugs in our country. So sad that we... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2018
Laurel, Maryland
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An educational and historical trip through the lifecycles and effects of illegal drugs in America.
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700 Army Navy Dr., DEA Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22202-4207
+1 202-307-3463
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

I highly recommend this compact museum because it is very educational about the history of drugs throughout US history. We spent 2 1/2 hrs. here because there is so much to read and to view the drug items, legal and illegal. It is worth the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Closed, which is a shame as it could quiet easily have stayed open like most other places through at least the 2nd. According to the Security, they decided to close instead of being forced to close.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 24, 2018

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Turbayveronica
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Small museum but tells a coherent history of the drug trade and the evolution of the DEA. Target audience is probably young adults based on some displays. They are going to be modernizing/updating in 2019. Some displays (videos, interactive monitors, static) are showing the effects...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank phale24
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Didn't have the time to visit this museum, but it is in one of the office buildings close to the Residence Inn where we stayed, along the walking route to the Metro, and across the street from the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. We walked by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Museum has history of drugs, history of DEA, effect of drugs on society and how drugs are illegally brought into our country. A must see for every adult and teenager to show the effect of drugs has on America. Museum is small but informative and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Lovesmuseums, Director at DEA Museum & Visitors Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting.

Reviewed April 18, 2018

Friendly staff, small but full museum. Fascinating history of drugs in our country. So sad that we are repeating the opioid crisis that ended 100 years ago. Learned about the drugs, the people on both sides and more. I would not recommend for young children...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Lovesmuseums, Director at DEA Museum & Visitors Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

It is a small place. The information is priceless. The history is very good and relative. It should be on your need to see list. The gift shop, is small also but packed with some cool stuff.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Walldo
Reviewed October 11, 2017

Not many people would know about this museum. It's a gem near the Pentagon. I spent 2 hours here, and it was time well spent. It goes through how drugs became "popular", who started them, how it's grown, how it is smuggled in places, and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank travellingstax
Reviewed July 25, 2017

The museum is wheelchair accessible however there are no nearby parking lots unless you can secure a spot on the street. You will have to park in the Pentagon City Shopping Center and then cross the street outside the Macy store. You will see a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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