The right lighting can set the mood, whether it's the twinkle of fireflies, a full moon in a starry sky, or a glowing lava flow oozing through a downtown thoroughfare. Heat up the night with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
$40 for single-day general admission to the Crimes of Passion event ($80 value)
- Friday, February 14
- Saturday, February 15<p>
$75 for VIP admission to the Crimes of Passion event on February 14 ($150 value)
- VIP line-skipping privileges and complimentary coat check
- One-on-one blood-spatter demonstration
- Docent-led, hands-on, white-glove artifacts experience
- Couples’ caricature session by courtroom artist Dana Verkouteren
- Champagne and strawberries<p>
Choose from the following times:
- 6 p.m. (general admission only)
- 7 p.m. (general admission only)
- 8 p.m.
- 9 p.m.
- 10 p.m.<p>
On Valentine’s Day and the day after, guests gather at the Crime Museum between 6 p.m. and midnight. Those who arrive in pairs are handcuffed together, then sent on a twistedly romantic expedition. During their journey, they’ll peruse the Crimes of Passion event, which contains true tales such as the “Valentine’s Vampire,” who was sent to jail for leaving fang-marks on every piece of chocolate he gave to a loved one. In addition to displays on tainted relationships, visitors can explore the museum’s other interactive events, inking themselves with temporary prison tattoos and deciding on a last meal before springing themselves from the joint to analyze blood splatter like modern forensics experts. Everyone leaves with a rose and a pair of furry handcuffs. <p>
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.”
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
575 7th Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20004