$10 Ticket to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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Today’s Groupon takes you to one of the coolest museums in DC: the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. One of the coolest museums in DC, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is one of the coolest museums in DC. The three-story, 25,000-square-foot museum features more than 100 interactive exhibits, taking you through the history of crime and punishment from medieval times to the present. It’s extensive, to say the least. It’s also the home of Fox’s longest running TV show, America’s Most Wanted, and its new show, America’s Got Crime.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find at the museum:

  • Learn all about the history of crime, from yesteryear’s pirates to today’s Bernie Madoffs. Crack open a safe, test your computer hacking skills, and hone your Wild West shooting skills with the museum’s interactive displays.
  • As for punishment, walk through the full-scale police station, complete with a lie-detector test and police line-up. Check out a prison cell, an electric chair, and lethal-injection machine.
  • Discover the crime-fighting technology today’s law enforcement officials use all the time. Try out the high-speed police chase simulators. Visit the FBI shooting range. Enter a crime scene filled with fresh evidence for your investigation and use fingerprinting, ballistics, and DNA to solve the mystery.
  • Visit the set of America’s Most Wanted and learn how this show and others like it have helped produced real results through community involvement in crime fighting.
  • See stuff about John Dillinger, one of the most notorious gangsters currently being portrayed by Johnny Depp. See Dillinger’s 1933 Hudson Essex-Terraplane 8, a framed photo of Dillinger and his girlfriend along with their tickets to the 1933 World’s Fair, a brick from the Biograph Theater in Chicago where Dillinger was killed, and much more.

There’s so much to do at the museum—just make sure you leave enough time for your visit. And at just $10 per ticket, now is your chance to take the whole family along for the fun. The educational experience of a trip to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment can help your child build valuable career skills (exposing children to interactive crime exhibits makes them more likely to one day become grizzled sheriffs). Everyone will walk out of the museum with a whole new appreciation for the complexity of both crime and punishment, and you can be sure you’ll be entertained along the way.


Visitors to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment rave about the museum online. The only minor complaint a few customers had was the price of admission, so you should have a perfect five-star experience with today’s Groupon. TripAdvisor users give the museum a 4.5 and Yelpers give it a 3.5: > * This museum is mind-blowing. Very comprehensive and lengthy, so if you really want your money’s worth, allow several hours to visit it. I actually spent 6 hours there, which would be too much for many people, but it was just that fascinating. – whitneywh, TripAdvisor > * I went to the Crime and Punishment Museum for the first time this weekend and had an excellent experience. The museum is huge and I was so captivated that I ended up spending 4 hours there without even realizing. There is great historical information as well as really neat artifacts and props. There are also a few interactive exhibits at the museum, my favorite part. I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone visiting the DC area, it is fun for people of all ages. – dc804, TripAdvisor > * This museum is awesome. You can break out of prison, defuse a bomb, work in a crime lab, get fingerprinted and solve a crime. The information is displayed in a very interesting yet informative manner. – Chris R., Yelp

Your Crime Potential

Although the National Museum of Crime and Punishment already has over 100 interactive exhibits, we at Groupon won’t rest there to make sure your appetite for interactivity is satiated. Take our interactive Future Crime Personality Exam to determine your crime potential. By answering just a few questions, you can determine how likely you are to commit a crime in the future. Feel free to share your results with the other visitors at the museum as a great conversation starter.

Have you ever robbed a bank?
A. Yes
B. Not yet

Who do you most want to kill?
A. Everyone
B. Most people
C. A few people
D. Just one person

What word best describes your personality?
A. Angry
B. Crazed
C. Aggressive
D. Crime-hungry

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.

Customer Reviews

Interesting for sure
Sheena V. · September 14, 2016
Great exhibits. Enjoyed it
Araceli K. · February 17, 2015
Very fun experience! Main advice would be get there early; there's a lot to see and it's all tremendously interesting to crime or investigation fans!
Derron C. · February 14, 2015
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