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Crime Museum in Washington, DC

National Museum of Crime & Punishment


Crime Museum in Washington, DC
The Crime Museum in Washington, DC, officially named the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, opened its doors in May 2008. The museum explores the history of crime, law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. Co-owned and operated by Orlando businessman John Morgan in partnership with John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment provides guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime and crime fighting through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience.

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Highlights of the Crime Museum

  • A Notorious History of American Crime - A sequence of themed galleries highlight the criminal heritage of America from the Colonial period to the present day. Galleries focus on major criminal masterminds of a particular era, highlight specific crime types comparing their casts of characters and portray the most infamous crimes solved and sometimes unsolved.

    Notorious Criminals: Legendary pirates, the mob, Wild West outlaws, and serial killers.

  • Punishment – The Consequence of Crime - This interactive experience focuses on the events of an arrest, booking, questioning, prosecution, and incarceration.

    Authentic Artifacts: Auxiliary, electric chair, gas chamber, prison art, and jail cells.

  • Crime Fighting - In this gallery visitors experience firsthand the skills needed to fight crime and capture the bad guy. The exhibit explores which branches of law enforcement become involved with a crime and the various roles they have.

    FBI Agent Training: Practice your aim in a simulated FBI shooting range.
    High Speed Police Simulator: Drive in a police academy training pursuit.

  • Crime Solving – The Technology of Crime Fighting - Utilizing the fascinating art and science of modern-day crime solving, the museum is a living and evolving system for the continued development of investigation and crime solving techniques. Visitors will witness a simulated crime in progress and apply forensic science such as DNA testing, fingerprint and footprint analysis, and dental identification to solve the crime.

    CSI Lab: Enter a crime scene and interact to solve the case in a real crime scene lab.

  • America’s Most Wanted - The museum will serve as the public headquarters for John Walsh’s long-running America’s Most Wanted television show. Guests are transported behind the scenes and experience Mr. Walsh’s unique personal story and explore the significant impact the show has had on crime in this country. AMERICA FIGHTS BACK airs Saturdays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX.

    AMW Studio: Location for live staging of AMW and other crime-fighting shows.


575 7th Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 393-1099
The museum is located between E and F Streets.
The closest Metro station is Gallery Place/Chinatown.
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Adults: $19.95 + tax
Seniors (60+), Military, Retired Military, Police, Retired Police: $16.95
Children: $14.95 + tax
Children age 5 and under are free



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