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“Educational and Intriguing - Go See It!”

National Museum of Crime & Punishment
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed January 31, 2012

I watched a lot of movies growing up and many of them were glamorized versions of the actual criminals presented in the Museum of Crime and Punishment. Today, it's CSI, NCIS and media coverage of real cases that pique our interest. The Museum takes that veneer away and tells the real story of crime. You are taken on a fascinating walk through time, beginning with the barbaric punishments of medieval times, through the Witch trials, the Old West, gangsters, mafia, serial killers and much, much more, with interesting artifacts all along the way. More importantly, there are exhibits describing the tools now used to bring criminals to justice, from fingerprints to DNA. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids amused for hours, but lots for adults to learn too.
I was impressed with the extent and professionalism of the presentations, and highly recommend the experience.

Thank John E
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your review! I am so happy that you had a great time at the museum and were impressed with the "extent and professionalism" of the exhibits! And I am thrilled that you found our museum to be educational and intriguing!! I agree! We hope you will visit us again soon! :-)

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

If your a fan of true crime television, CSI, or even NCIS, you will love this museum. It is very interactive. My children 5 and 9 loved it. It wasn't scary to either one. In fact, both children asked several intersting questions. Their favorite exhibit was the jail cell. We are definitely going back! A must see.

Thank Jenny J
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Manager at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Thank you for your review and for naming us a "must-see"! We are so thrilled that you and your children had a great time at the museum! I am happy to hear that your children were interested in the material and were inquisitive! We do hope you will visit us again soon!! :-)

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Reviewed January 24, 2012

The museum is really interesting. Check out the CSI labs online. My wife and I went to the one on blood splattering and it was fabulous! We will come back for other CSI labs and won't have to pay to get into the museum. Be sure to drive the police car in the simulation and go along with the police to serve a warrant (don't get shot)! We stayed about an hour, went out to eat in Chinatown and came back for 2 more hours since the museum didn't close until 8:00. It was a great outing! One warning - this is not a place for young children since it profiles a lot of criminals. It is also accessible which was great!

Thank Melvin G
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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2012

Thank you so much for writing this amazing review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with your wife. The Blood & DNA lab is great. I'm glad you enjoyed it! We also offer other labs like The Total CSI Experience, Fingerprinting and Impressions, Body Decomposition, and many more. Next time you are here definitely try a different one. Thank you again! Hope to see you here soon! :)

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Reviewed January 17, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed visiting this museum and were upset that we hadn't decided to go there earlier in the day to really see everything. We went in at 6pm or so and really two hours is not enough to take in all that was displayed. They covered everything from outlaws, mobsters, present day criminals, various types of prisons, the history of each, and so much more. There isn't enough space here to detail everything. Go here first, and then maybe if you want and have some energy left, then go to the spy museum.

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2012

Thank you so much for writing this awesome review! We are glad to hear you had a great time. We do have a lot of interesting information and can completely understand how sometimes two hours is not enough! You will just have to come again! Next time you are here participate in one of our public CSI labs. They are so much fun! For more information go on our website! Thank you again! :)

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Amazing that it is the location of AMW. The walk through of the museum was so interesting and educational. Definitely recommend as a must visit while in Washington, DC

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CrimeMuseumStaff, Director of Sales at National Museum of Crime & Punishment, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2012

Thank you so much for writing a review! Next time you visit, try one of our public CSI labs on Saturdays. They are extremely interesting and educational. Thank you again for your business!

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