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Fabulous Museum

This museum was a surprise for us, it was fantastic in everyway! The exhitbits are well... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
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LAPD Experience

A really interesting and informative museum that covers many different aspects of the history of... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

This museum was a surprise for us, it was fantastic in everyway! The exhitbits are well organized... Room to room & well documented. They have the original jail cells and you can grab a selfie or family photo. In the outside yard there was vintage police cars and assalt vehicles.... Volunteers wore vintage Police uniforms....
What a great day!!!!
Enjoyed by a less than 40 & a more than 60 year old ...

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Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

A really interesting and informative museum that covers many different aspects of the history of the LAPD. The small and compact museum has loads of original exhibits on all aspects of policing in LA. There is a very good display on the North Hollywood Shootout - complete with the original bullet ridden police car and bank robbers car in the outside display area. The accompanying video presentation was both fascinating and scary at the same time !! The museum also has great displays on the SLA revolutionary group of the 1970s and the notorious Onion Field killings. The museum caters for the inquisitive, as well as the curious/interested visitor and for a $9 entry fee (for adults, less for children) it really is excellent value for money with anyone remotely interested in the darker side of the city of angels

1  Thank girlwithabun95
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Reviewed March 27, 2018

This museum was perfect ! My 9 yr old son loved it! the displays of the history of the LAPD was very interesting, I personally learned new facts, and enjoyed the museum. I highly recommend this museum. The Hollywood Bank of America Heist, room, was amazing !

4  Thank RaidersFam661
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

The museum has its own free parking lot. The museum is about the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. The admission price ($9) includes an audio tour. There are a variety of police vehicles and tools on exhibit. There are also videos and wall postings of various major events. There are also numerous listings and photographs of the many heroes of the force. A worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank ransom007
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

We were not expecting this museum to be as good as it was, as it is limited to just police. We were very wrong. It was well done. The displays ranged from early history to present day for the LA police department, They had various vehicles to include armored tanks to helicopters. The museum was educational and informative. We spent about 3 hours there.

Thank Donnagay A
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

We misjudged the time and unfortunately showed up well after closing time, so we looked through the windows & were about to leave when a great staff member named Dave stuck his head out to see if he could help. When he ascertained that we'd come all the way from Australia and that we weren't able to return to the area before we went home, he let us come in for '5 minutes' to have a quick look. Well, that 5 minutes became half an hour & we were so fortunate to see the exhibits, and to have Dave explain them to us. He even gave us time to get photos of the kids in a cell and inside the helicopter & some cars, and also to visit the gift shop.

There's a large parking lot to the left of the museum, and possibly more parking to the right. A photo under the parking lot sign makes a great shot. Oh, and the building now also has air conditioning.

This museum is really interesting, and not just for law enforcement, although it certainly makes you more appreciative of the dangerous and thankless job that they do. If you have children, it's a very interesting place for them to see and to reinforce the importance of policing.

The exhibits are very interesting and varied, and there is a lot of equipment, weapons and vehicles to see & even touch/climb. The kids loved the cars, helicopter, bomb equipment, jail cell and interrogation room.

Definitely either take the audio tour, or even better, try to get a docent to explain some of the setup to you. The psychology behind the interrogation room was fascinating to hear about.

This museum is definitely worth a visit, and if we can get back there we'd probably allow a good 2-3 hours to see it, although you won't have to spend so long there if you chose not to. I don't know how long the audio tour takes, but I'd also like to try it.

Whilst there, please support the museum by purchasing items in their gift shop. There are pink police patches available for purchase, in support of breast cancer research for just $10. And with entry only $9, and kids under 12 free, you can afford to splash out on something that supports such a great cause.

1  Thank Dromomaniac
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

The best thing about this museum is the displays. There is an old police helicopter, SWAT van, police cruisers, and also the actual vehicles that were involved in the North Hollywood Shootout in 1997. There are authentic uniforms, pistols, prison cells. There is really good information about the Onion Field, SLA, and the North Hollywood Shootout. However, there is a lot left out (e.g. OJ, Rodney King). Overall, a good stop.

Thank ogau2015
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

Great museum to visit and not much of a crowd so you can enjoy it. The hours are 10-6 but not open everyday of the week so check the website. The $9 admission fee is well worth it. They have an audio tour or you can just browse on your own. A lot of history relating to big issues that have happened in Los Angeles such as the North Hollywood Shootout. The actual cars are located at the museum and gives a lot of information on the situation. Parking is also free on the property.

1  Thank BarbmK1
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Countless artifacts, a life like booking experience, thorough audio tour and a entire museum that hi lights the history of the LAPD and their commitment to the community.

1  Thank LAFFSTOP
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

This is a very slick little museum which has some interesting exhibits & stories to tell. You can have your mug shot taken, take a seat in an old cell & a helicopter and look around lots of old police cars covering several decades and including several specialist SWAT vehicles. At $9 for an adult it's not bank breaking & fills a couple of hours if you listen to all the commentaries on the audio guide.

1  Thank Sarah E
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