The first crime-and-punishment museum was an actual penitentiary, hosting tours that gave guests an up-close look at a prisoner’s life, which often included hard labor, matching jumpsuits, and horrific tour-giving duties. Explore justice in a friendlier environ with this Groupon.
$22 for St. Patty's After Hours @ Crime Museum Event ($44 Value)
On the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day, The National Museum of Crime and Punishment keeps the cellblock open for a fun, interactive, and educational After Hours event. At stations set up throughout the museum, visitors can receive prison tattoos, learn how to analyze blood spatters, and hear about Saint Patrick being kidnapped and sold into slavery. Participants are encouraged to wear green and comfortable shoes. On Saturday, March 16, choose from entrance times at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., or 9:30 p.m.
The Crime Museum shines a light on the dark underbelly of society with more than 100 interactive exhibits spread across three stories and 25,000 square feet of gallery space. After resting their weary bones in an unplugged electric chair, fans of CSI can live out television fantasies at the Crime Scene Investigation exhibit, where they can learn what it takes to be a forensic scientist and watch professionals in action before trying to determine whether or not fellow museum-goers exhibit the traits of serial killers. The exhibit also serves as a crash course in fingerprinting, DNA testing, fraudulent-check investigation, and dental-impression and ballistics analysis. The museum devotes an entire level to the now-retired set of America’s Most Wanted, providing an adjoining exhibit where fans of the show can step into a green screen for a criminal profile or imaginary Caribbean vacation. The museum’s many permanent exhibits include A Notorious History of American Crime, about the country's felonious forefathers, and an exploration into one of the most heinous masterminds of modern times in the Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber exhibit.