This museum is the 'other' flashy, and exceptionally expensive, East End tourist attraction (other than the Spy Museum, that is). The whole history of crime and punishment is on display, from Colonial times, through the Wild West, and even up to today's white collar jerks. On the punishment side, you can explore the interior of a recreated police station, jail cells, or (rather disturbingly) an electric chair and a lethal injection machine. The simulators are rightly popular-try a car chase or the FBI firearms training. The museum is also home to the old America's Most Wanted TV show studio. Not good for kids.
575 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States
Nearest Transit: Gallery Place (Green Line & Yellow Line)
+1 202 393-109
National Crime and Punishment Museum and Nearby Attractions on Map
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