National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Visitors explore the technology and science behind fighting and solving crimes, discover the heroes of law
enforcement, and venture into the dark side of the criminal mind at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment.
Described by Good Morning America as a "must see for CSI fans," the
Washington DC museum
includes a crime scene lab and the filming studios
for America's Most Wanted with host John Walsh. High-speed police-chase simulators, a simulated FBI shooting range,
John Dillinger's car, and hundreds of interactives and artifacts fill the new museum. There is a retail store called
"The Cop Shop," and audio tours are available.
Once visitors pass through a medieval dungeon portal complete with authentic torture devices, the history of crime
and punishment in America unfolds beginning with colonial times. The cast of disreputable characters includes
pirates, Wild West outlaws, gangsters, the Mob, serial killers, and white collar criminals in pursuit of identity
theft. An alley crime scene leads straight into a police station where visitors are booked and fingerprinted. The
punishment gallery includes celebrity mug shots, a lie detector test, police line-up, notorious prisons and prison
art, self-devised tools for escape, and a re-creation of Al Capone's jail cell. Inside the capital punishment room
are a guillotine, electric chair, gas chamber, and lethal injection machine.
The crime fighting gallery documents the perseverance of such notables as J. Edgar Hoover and Elliot Ness, and
celebrates the courage of all members of law enforcement. The museum explores crime fighting techniques such as bomb
squad and night vision technologies, and features famous firearms from throughout history. An entire level of the
museum is devoted to the CSI experience, where visitors come across the scene of a violent crime and utilize
forensic science techniques to solve the case, with blood analysis, ballistics, and facial reconstruction.
Visitors enter the television studio of America's Most Wanted and learn about John Walsh's personal tragedy that led
him to become the nation's most well known and successful crime fighter. The studio includes the program's hotline,
where a team of trained operators field incoming calls, turning those tips over to federal and local police in the
hopes of apprehending fugitives profiled on the show. The America's Most Wanted experience includes a studio camera
with green-screen technology allowing for virtual interviews with John Walsh, the National Crime Prevention Council
with McGruff the Crime Dog, and fingerprint capture for children through Cross Match Technologies.
The museum is located in downtown Washington, D.C. at 575 7th Street NW between E and F streets at the Gallery
Place/Chinatown Metro. Admission is $17.95 for adults (age 12-59); $14.95 for children (age 5-11), law enforcement,
military, and seniors (age 60+); and free for children under the age of five. Hours are daily from 9:00AM to 7:00PM
March through August and from 10:00AM to 6:00PM September through February. For more information visit