Without crime and punishment, handcuff manufacturers would be shamefully forced to go into business as manufacturers of wristwatches, parakeet leashes, or Buddy Bands. Celebrate the ongoing need for shackles with today's Groupon: for $10, you get admission to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (a $20 value). The museum is open seven days a week. This Groupon expires June 30, 2010, and is not valid on Memorial Day weekend.
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment explores Dostoevsky-approved lawbreakers and court-ordered consequences through more than 100 interactive exhibits spread throughout 25,000 square feet, or approximately 521 tally-mark-lined jail cells, of space. With your ticket, you can round up the usual suspects for the exhibit A Notorious History of American Crime, which explores our nation's nefarious ne'er-do-wells, complete with a Wild West shooting gallery, a pillory photo opportunity, and a computer-hacking simulation, as well as the "death car" from the 1967 musical Bonnie and Clyde. Do time in Punishment: The Consequence of Crime, with an interactive lie-detector test and artifacts such as a guillotine, an electric chair, and Al Capone's jail cell, and play good cop/bad cop by yourself with the Crime Fighting exhibit, which profiles law-enforcement heroes and contains a high-speed police-chase simulator and an FBI shooting range, along with a 1963 Harley Davidson police motorcycle.
Step into the world of television without undergoing the painful procedure of reality-show casting calls with the CSI Experience, which details how forensic-science technology helps catch crooks, and the America's Most Wanted Studio, the actual set where the television show America's Most Wanted is filmed. Guests can carry a camera amid the three floors of crime and chaos, but flash photography is prohibited. Get your fingerprints on a Groupon and visit the National Museum of Crime and Punishment for an interactive look at illegal and illicit incidents.
Visitors to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment rave about the museum online. The only minor complaint a few customers have had is the price of admission, so you should have a perfect five-star experience with today's Groupon. TripAdvisors 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
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.
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