ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visit The National Museum Of Crime And Punishment

Updated on September 8, 2016
Readmikenow profile image

ReadMikeNow is a freelance writer who loves to travel. He likes to find unique stories about interesting places.

National Museum Of Crime And Punishment Building
National Museum Of Crime And Punishment Building

Ever since there have been criminals, there have been crime fighters. Individuals who are willing to hunt down the bad people and bring them to justice. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is dedicated to preserving the history of criminology in the United States. It is privately owned and operated. The museum was the creation of business man John Morgan and his partner John Walsh. Walsh was the host of the former television program “America's Most Wanted.” The museum has been open and operating since 2008.

John Walsh
John Walsh

John Walsh

He is credited with the creation of the television program “America's Most Wanted.” He became involved with anti-crime activism after his son Adam was abducted and murdered in 1981. Convicted murderer Ottis Toole was named as the one who killed Adam Walsh. Toole confessed to the killing of Adam Wash twice, but each time recanted his statement. Ottis Toole was serving a life sentence in prison after being convicted for a number of other crimes. Toole died in prison in 1996. After the death of their son, the Walsh family created the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center. It is a non-profit organization focused on legislative reform. These efforts have led to the creation of the Missing Children Act of 1982 and the Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984. John Walsh started the television program “America's Most Wanted” in 1988.

John Morgan

He is a successful businessman and lawyer who has a record of starting profitable enterprises. The idea for the National Museum of Crime and Punishment began with Morgan visiting the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island. After the tour, he felt that a museum dedicated to teaching people the history of crime, punishment as well as CSI methods was necessary. It would provide visitors the ability to interact with exhibits and honor the members of law enforcement. He contacted his friend John Walsh, and the two began the work of creating the National Museum Of Crime And Punishment.

Car Used By Bonnie And Clyde At National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Car Used By Bonnie And Clyde At National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Museum Exhibits

The Museum has hundreds of crime-fighting artifacts located in more than 27,500 square feet of space. The displays are designed to cover the history of crime and punishment in the United States. They also shows how crime and punishment have impacted the American popular culture. Visitors are able to see how crimes were dealt with during colonial times as well as with pirates, outlaws in the Wild West, mobsters, gangsters and more. It also provides visitors with over twenty-seven interactive stations. People can experience a high-speed police chase simulator that is used for training members of law enforcement. There is also a Firearms Training Simulator. It is similar to ones used to train members of the FBI.

Different levels at National Museum of Crime and Punishment
Different levels at National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Main Floor

The main floor of the Museum of Crime and Punishment has a simulation of a murder crime scene investigation. Visitors are shown the process of solving crimes by using forensic scientific methods. They are shown the techniques of blood analysis, facial and dental reconstruction, fingerprinting, foot imprinting as well as ballistics examination and more. There is also a simulated police station. This includes a mock booking room. People can see celebrity mug shots and artwork created by criminals. There is also a simulated police line-up. The cell used by Al Capone when he was in jail is recreated.

Gas Chamber
Gas Chamber

Capital Punishment Room

In this part of the museum, people can see the re-creation of a gas chamber, guillotine as well as a real lethal injection machine. This lethal injection machine came directly from a state prison. People can also see an electric chair from a state prison in Tennessee. This electric chair was used for over 124 executions.

Items On Display At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment
Items On Display At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment

Crime Fighting Gallery

In this part of the museum, visitors can learn more about J. Edgar Hoover. He was the founding FBI Director. There is also information about Eliot Ness, who is a legend in law enforcement. People can see equipment utilized by law enforcement officers over time. There are firearms, uniforms as well as restraining devices available to see. There is an exhibit about bomb squads as well as various types of night vision devices.

America's Most Wanted Studio At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment
America's Most Wanted Studio At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment

Studio For America's Most Wanted

Visitors able to see the television studio used during episodes of “America's Most Wanted.” The show was broadcast for 25 years from 1988 to 2013. This show is credited with helping to capture over a thousand fugitives. Sixteen of the fugitives were on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. This was accomplished because of crime tips provided by the public to the America's Most Wanted television program concerning fugitives profiled on the show. The studio is designed as an interactive exhibit. Around the studio are exhibits like McGruff the Crime Dog. There is also the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children exhibit. People can see a Cross Match Technologies station. This is used for child finger printing.

Family Friendly

The museum is designed to provide an experience for all members of the family. There are a number of child stops. There are kid-friendly areas built to be eye level with children. They can learn about safety, proper internet behavior and how to avoid cyberbullying. There is a Top Detective Challenge area. This is a scavenger hunt designed to be interactive. It helps children understand the museum at their level. The scavenger hunt comes with a book as well as a prize and souvenir pen.

CSI Camp At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment
CSI Camp At National Museum Of Crime And Punishment

CSI Camps

The museum provides a CSI camp. Participants are able to learn about processing a crime scene. This experience provides a hands-on experience with gathering evidence in a murder investigation. Participants are able to take crime scene pictures, search for evidence and start a case file. They will learn how to keep track of evidence during the time they're at the CSI camp. Participants spend time learning the actual procedure for analyzing blood as well as collecting fingerprints. During this week, they will try to gather more evidence and learn how to process and package it. There is also a field trip provided with a forensic theme.

Forensic Science
Forensic Science

Traveling Forensic Science Program

The museum has a traveling Forensic Science Program. It was created to assist those who teach forensic science in grades 5th to 12th. The program provides an introduction to forensic science as well as assistance for any forensic classes being taught. It enables teachers to learn the latest methods used in forensic science. The Program has been designed to help educators teaching forensic science learn about the latest and best techniques being utilized. All instructors in this program are experienced in the forensic field and crime lab work. They are qualified to answer any questions people may have while in the program.

Visitor Contact Information

WEBSITE

http://www.crimemuseum.org

ADDRESS

Crime Museum

575 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004

PHONE NUMBER

202-393-1099

EMAIL

guestservices@crimemuseum.org

National Museum Of Crime And Punishment Location

A
575 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004:
575 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004, USA

get directions

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)