Date of Visit: March 21, 2011
The National Crime and Punishment Museum is one of the expensive paid admission DC museums that normally I would not even think of going to with so many free museums to explore instead in D.C. We got a Groupon deal, though, so it did not cost much. After seeing this museum, it is not bad, although perhaps not quite worth the high admission price, as it still is not that big.
Accessibility wise the museum is pretty good. You do end up doing some odd backtracking and such to get back to the elevator to go between floors sometimes, but they give you a paper explaining how to navigate through the museum if you need the elevator between levels. We got one automatically because they noticed the wheelchair, but we ended up having to help a person figure out how to get out of the museum because they could not do stairs. If it is not obvious you cannot do stairs, just ask for the elevator guide through the museum when you purchase your tickets.
Mik really enjoyed the National Crime and Punishment Museum. The CSI Experience in the basement is kind of cool, although a lot of the stuff did not seem to work, was not well explained, or it was at a level that did not work for Mik. In the booking area it was cool that you could get your fingerprint scanned and a card printed out with it as a souvenir of your visit. Mik had a little trouble with this as the scanner is stationary and you have to roll up sideways. Would have been better if it was on a table that had room for the chair to roll under.
Photos by Kjersti
Text by Kjersti with Mik's wheelchair accessibility input
National Crime and Punishment Museum
575 7th St
Washington, DC 20004