If you’re looking for something new to do in town, check out the latest addition to the Washington DC museum scene—the National Museum of Crime & Punishment (NMCP). Fun for the whole family, the NMCP takes you through interactive environments highlighting the history of crime, methods of punishment, and law enforcement. Other specialized exhibits include crime scene investigation and the America’s Most Wanted studio.
Beginning with the Middle Ages and moving on through the present day, “A Notorious History of Crime” showcases the evolution of crime spanning centuries in America. Discover the stories of famous outlaws and mobsters that drove the police crazy, and learn about some of the most distinguished criminal events on record. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with your head and hands locked in the pillory, a rare example of punishment nostalgia.
At the “Punishment: The Consequence of Crime” display, find out firsthand what it’s like to become a criminal as you tour a replica police station. From being booked and getting your mug shot taken to life inside a cold concrete jail cell, you’ll get an understanding of our country’s prison system and why it’s a place no one in their right mind would want to be for any length of time. How cool are you under pressure? Get hooked up to the lie detector and test yourself.
Are you a fan of the hit television shows CSI: New York or CSI: Miami? If so, the “CSI Experience” will not disappoint you. Smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, see if you have what it takes to uncover the clues at the crime scene and analyze them back at the lab using common forensic science techniques.Next, move on to the morgue to learn the ins and outs of an autopsy, or browse through files from some of the most notable cold cases.
Whether you are young or old, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment has something interesting for all ages, and is located in the heart of the city at 575 7th Street NW, directly across from the Verizon Center. For more about the museum go to www.crimemuseum.org.