The Newseum isn’t the only new museum scheduled to open in DC this spring. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment (575 7th St., NW) plans to open their doors on May 9th. With the tours of the FBI closed down, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment will offer visitors a chance to see inside the criminal world. The new museum will present the concept of crime and punishment through the eyes of both the criminal and the crime fighter and will examine crime from the offense through the sentencing and imprisonment process.
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment will center around five main galleries that examine criminal intent, criminal profiles, serial killers, the prison system, crime prevention and more. The museum is also set to emulate the Spy Museum’s efforts to create hands-on interactive exhibits that engage visitors. Highlights include trying your hand at safe cracking. computer hacking, or outwitting a lie detector test, a chance to have your mug shot taken, a high speed police chase simulator, and a simulated FBI shooting range.
In addition, the museum will become the new home of the America’s Most Wanted studio where studio audiences can see the show being taped. The museum will also house the America’s Most Wanted 1-800 phone bank.
More information about the museum and its exhibits can be found at the website - www.crimemuseum.org.