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Crime Museum

Indoor $$
Science Museums, Educational
575 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC
URL: Crime Museum  Phone: 202-393-1099

Activity Overview

Explore the history of crime and law enforcement with a visit to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. The entire family can discover a world not known to regular people, ranging from authentic artefacts such as electric chairs, jail cells, and gas chambers to prison art and crime fighting exhibitions.

Besides offering a wide array of exhibits that teach children about fighting crime, the museum is also home to numerous exhibits that teach the entire family how to remain safe. Moreover, using state-of-the-art technology, the museum allows witnesses to witness a simulated crime in progress and apply dental identification and DNA testing to solve a crime.

Things to Do

  • The museum is home to a number of child stops, which feature question and answer stops installed at the kids' eye-level. The stops focus on Internet etiquette, cyberbullying, safety, and more.
  • The Crime Museum has over 100 interactives that cover the history of crime fighting in America.
  • Do not missthe forensic workshops, where the kids can get a hands-on experience on various topics including bones and fingertips.

Crime Museum Insider Tips

  • The Crime Museum is very large, so allow at least a couple of hours for the visit.
  • Enter the CSI Lab to experience a recreated crime scene and solve a crime using techniques employed in real crime scene labs.
  • Drive a police car to an accident scene in a very realistic simulation available in the museum.

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