$9 for One Admission to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington ($19.95 Value)

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

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25,000 sq. ft. museum with more than 100 interactive exhibits gives guests inside look into prisons & crime fighting

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Promotional value expires Apr 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid with other offers. Not valid 2/11-2/14. Not valid for school or group visits, valid only for individuals and families. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 today’s Groupon: for $9, you get one regular admission to the 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 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 them 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. Running through May 7, the U.S. Marshals exhibit delves into the history of America's primary fugitive-hunting organization. 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.

Visitors can also peep into the museum’s many permanent exhibits. Step into a contraband time machine and meet our country’s felonious forefathers in the A Notorious History of American Crime before exploring one of the most heinous masterminds of modern times in the recently added Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber exhibit.

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

It was fun and educational, though the crime scene layout downstairs (where you try to solve a murder) was a little freaky for our kid. Had we known what it was, we'd have avoided it, but we all enjoyed it otherwise.
Jenn M. · April 2, 2013
Great museum!
Sarah M. · January 3, 2013
Please offer another deal on groupon again! This made it and fun yet affordable outing for my family of 8n
Angela H. · April 8, 2012

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