National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington DC

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See some of United States' worst crimes, the consequences they carried, and the way the law deals with crime at National Museum of Crime & Punishment. Walk through 28 stations of an interactive environment to experience police chases and shooting exercises in simulators. Tour 2,600 sq m (28,000 sq ft) of exhibits on pirates, gangsters, cowboys, mass murderers, and white-collar criminals. Witness a crime scene and join in the investigation using several techniques of forensic science, such as ballistics, blood analysis, finger printing, and facial reconstruction. Don't miss the chance to see if you can fool a lie detector. Put National Museum of Crime & Punishment at the forefront of your travel plans using our Washington DC trip planning tool.
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  • Went to this museum to see some of the crime scenes we had read about and it was very factual and interesting. All sorts of objects including a set up of the car Bonnie and Clyde were killed in. Some....  more »
  • We had such a great day at this museum. The CSI interactive forensics was fabulous (we got to figure out who done it!). We learned so much about a wide range of "criminals" while having a blast...  more »
  • CLOSED - Tried to visit in late November 2018. The entire building was empty with signs all over it saying it was for rent. Compared what I was looking at to several other photos to ensure I was at the right place. Reported to Google with multiple pictures of the empty building but they will not remove the listing. I did not see advertising for it while checking out every other museum in the city, so I don't think it's been relocated within DC.
  • It's a pretty standard museum had a good time looking at some of the exhibits. What's really interesting I learned some of the things I didn't really get a chance to talk too much of the staff or take a look at the rest of the facility however.

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