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.
Choose from Seven Options
- $22 for one admission to the After Hours event on Friday, December 14 (a $44 value). 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.
- $10 for museum admission for one (up to a $21.95 value)
During the After Hours event, The National Museum of Crime and Punishment keeps the cellblock open after sunset, setting up stations where visitors can receive a prison tattoo or learn how to analyze blood spatter.
National Museum of Crime and Punishment
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment shines a light on the dark underbelly of society with more than 100 interactive events 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 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’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 Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber.
“ Would only caution...museum is tall and narrow and on three levels. Floors are concrete and in some places not all that level...rather wavy. Assuming there is an...”
“ Would only caution...museum is tall and narrow and on three levels. Floors are concrete and in some places not all that level...rather wavy. Assuming there is an elevator ...but...never heard it mentioned or offered...even to several elderly. Good deal of stair climbing involved. Museum itself is interesting although several of the exhibits were dated and lacking current information.”
“It will take about three hours to complete the tour”
“Way too short. Very disappointing.”
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