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National Museum of Crime & Punishment
575 7th Street, NW Washington, DC 20007
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 379 members
Amy T
Review from Amy T
Red Velvet 304 events 68 reviews

As a long-time DC resident, I took advantage of a "comp" offer to visit this museum so that I could advise out of town guests on whether to go. It's ok I guess - but I got bored with it, and it's not likely I will recommend this museum to many...continued

reviewed Sep 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from SA
Red Velvet 124 events 61 reviews

We really had a great time but you need more than 2 hours to really read the material. I wasn't sure what was going on we were looking at the displays and a worker came by and told us we only had 40 minutes left. The museum is open until 9 and...continued

reviewed May 10 2010 report as inappropriate
Cathy W
Review from Cathy W
Red Velvet 42 events 33 reviews

My parents were visiting and they'd done a lot of the touristy things here in DC before so we were looking for something new to do. We loved this museum! The 2nd floor (where you begin) was our favorite! So much history and so well laid out! ...continued

reviewed May 12 2014 report as inappropriate
Red Velvet 123 events 32 reviews

had a wonderful time.

reviewed May 20 2012 report as inappropriate
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“[A] must see for CSI fans.” —Good Morning America
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If you’ve ever pondered a day in the life of a crime scene investigator, this simulation is as close to the “real deal” as you can get. Finding yourself in the middle of a fully intact crime scene, you begin your investigation, gathering vital clues to determine what happened when, where, why and by whom. Learn how to solve crime through the use of forensic science technology such as ballistics, blood analysis, fingerprinting, and dental and facial reconstruction.



  • CSI Lab *Use such forensic science techniques as toxicology and DNA testing to solve a murder that has just been committed.

  • Interactive Memory* Interactive touchscreen in a Q&A format demonstrates perception analysis to stimulate memory recall from crime scenes.

  • Body of Evidence *Visit the morgue to discover the wonders of an autopsy.

  • Personal Safety Challenge* Learn how not to be a victim of burglary, personal injury, or internet fraud with these tips from the National Safety Council.
  • * *Artifacts:

    • Crimes Without Corpses *Counterfeiting, document forgery, and art forgery are featured in this exhibit.

    • Cold Cases in America* Delve into police files of famous unsolved cases such as the Black Dahlia, the Anthrax attacks and Chandra Levy.

    • *Crime & the Media *Discover how news reporting, television, and motion pictures mirror America’s obsession with crime.

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