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National Museum of Crime and Punishment Washington

Where is it at?

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National Museum of Crime and Punishment
575 7th St, NW
Washington
DC
20004
Tel: 202 393 1099

Directions

By Metro: Take the Red, Yellow or Green lines to Gallery Place/Chinatown (Arena exit).

Where are we going today?

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives that are perfect for kids! 30 interactive questions that show kids how to make the right choices when it comes to topics like: Cyberbullying, Talking to Strangers, Using the Internet, Emergencies The Pirate Life: Flip the board to learn how pirates lived Legends of the Old West: Turn the wheel to learn about famous outlaws and lawmen Crack-a-Safe: Practice and then attempt to break into a coded safe Police Line-Up: See what it is like to be on the wrong side of the law Jail Cell: Witness the uncomfortable accommodations for prisoners, and see if you can escape Driving Simulator: You don't need a driver's license to participate in this high-speed chase CSI Lab: Indulge an interest in science and learn how forensics are used to solve crimes National Safety Council: Learn how not to be a victim Green Screen Technology: Put yourself in the hot seat with John Walsh from America's Most Wanted Child ID: Free fingerprinting through Cross Match Technologies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Computer Interactives: Escape from Jail, Deactivate a Bomb, How Observant Are You?

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21.95
  • Children$14.95
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Monday through Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm.

Teachers corner

Teachers (plus one guest) are admitted FREE of charge with proper identification. The NMCPs curriculum for students in 5th through 12th grades is available to teachers who purchase tickets for a group of 20 or more students. The curriculum is divided into three time periods which meet the national standards for learning..

I'm Hungry!

We recommend visiting the NMCP's Restaurant Partners for a taste of the very best that downtown Washington, DC has to offer. Gordon Biersch 900 F St. NW 202.783.5454 (American Brewery) www.gordonbiersch.com District ChopHouse & Brewery 509 7th St. NW (at E St.) 202.347.3434 (Steak & Seafood) www.chophouse.com.

Can I get one of those?

The Cop Shop, the retail shop for the museum, sells merchandise for future crime fighters, avid CSI fans, and those in search of an unusual gift. Here, you will find a variety of crime fighting apparel, games, toys, books and more. The Cop Shop is located within the museum at 575 7th St. and is accessible from 7th Street without paying admission to the museum. Same hours as museum..

What people are saying?

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    Great experience. Rip off pricing. I took my wife there for their Valentine's day event. The museum itself was very educational and had far more information than expected.

    Pros: Very well put together.
    Great place for families to learn about criminals and the prison system. Even covers some medieval era.

    Cons: No drinks. I dont mean adult drinks. There was not a water fountain, soda machine or bar on premise. Plan accordingly.
    Long walk. You will feel like you found a new kind of ikea. No end in site. By the time we got to the csi section we...Read More

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    I gave it three stars because there are so really cool items and information in there. However, there were several instances where we found information outdated- even tho they have signs that are updates on cases, it doesnt look like they have been updated in the last year- and it was a super long walk. It felt like the museum was never=ending. Also, with all the the info they gave you, maybe i missed it, but a lot of plaques didn't give you any background on who the people were or how they were connected- especially in the mobsters area. It was...Read More

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    Visiting this place was just an option. I had the time to visit one museum only and 3 museums worth seeing (according to friends' suggestions). I chose this one randomly and although I did not know what expected me in the other 2, I do not regret the events taking this turn. The place is incredible and must be seen from everyone who has the opportunity. It is a pity when you come to think of the fact that the most fortunate of all are the citizens of the city and probably the vast majority have never even heard of the museum.

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    This was big disappointment. I would not recommend paying money to see this museum, when there are so many great free options in DC.

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    Absalutly great! Im in a wheelchair and it was 100% accecable and easy too see everything. If your a crime buff its a total must must see....but give yourself atleast 3 hours.

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by Joseph Lorelli

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Great experience. Rip off pricing. I took my wife there for their Valentine's day event. The museum itself was very educational and had far more information than expected.

Pros: Very well put together.
Great place for families to learn about criminals and the prison system. Even covers some medieval era.

Cons: No drinks. I dont mean adult drinks. There was not a water fountain, soda machine or bar on premise. Plan accordingly.
Long walk. You will feel like you found a new kind of ikea. No end in site. By the time we got to the csi section we were thirsty and ready to leave.

The Valentine's day event is a scam. For $160 we got the everyday show plus a couple extra signs and fuzzy hand cuffs. The melting pot is cheaper and we get adult beverages.

We will go again when our son is older but its at the bottom of the list compared with all the free sites.

by Erin Ekberg

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I gave it three stars because there are so really cool items and information in there. However, there were several instances where we found information outdated- even tho they have signs that are updates on cases, it doesnt look like they have been updated in the last year- and it was a super long walk. It felt like the museum was never=ending. Also, with all the the info they gave you, maybe i missed it, but a lot of plaques didn't give you any background on who the people were or how they were connected- especially in the mobsters area. It was a bit disorganized.

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