How to Visit the National Law Enforcement Museum

In our effort to highlight all of the best museums in Washington, D.C, we spoke with Mary Petto, Chief Marketing Officer at the National Law Enforcement Museum, to share what makes this museum so special, why you should bring your family out to visit, and what you need to know before you go.

National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC

Where is the museum located?

  • Address: 444 E Street NW Washington, DC 20001 (Judiciary Square)
  • Social Media:
    • Facebook and Instagram: @LawEnforcementMuseum
    • Twitter: NLEMuseum

What topics does the National Law Enforcement Museum cover?

The National Law Enforcement Museum tells the story of American Law Enforcement through history, artifacts, entertaining exhibits and films, and immersive experiences.

What is your museum’s claim to fame?

The Museum is the only place the general public can access a law enforcement driving simulator and use-of-force/decision-making simulator, and it’s the only place you can see the short film “Service and Sacrifice.”

National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC

What is your favorite exhibit or artifact in the museum?

The 9-1-1 Experience is a favorite hands-on exhibit–visitors can sit at the display and learn the factors and challenges that are integral to being a 9-1-1 operator. The exhibit then it takes you through scenarios in which you get to be the operator and try to make the right choices.

What kinds of special exhibits and events do you host throughout the year?

We host hands-on science based workshops for K-12 groups, hold public adult programs and virtual panel discussions about topical subjects, and host law-enforcement educational programs throughout the year on topics such as forensics.

Are there guided tours available?

How much time should someone plan to spend at the museum?YES guided tours are available on the history of American law enforcement. They are in English and can be signed up for here: [email protected] There are no audio tours available.

National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC

What should someone bring with them and what items are not allowed in the museum?

Nothing required. No food or drink allowed on the Museum floor.

Is photography allowed inside (without flash)?

Yes.

What should parents of young children know before visiting the museum?

Young children are not allowed in the Decision-Making simulator. The film “Service and Sacrifice” is not appropriate for young children. The exhibits are appropriate for all ages!

What’s the coolest item for sale in the gift shop?

For fans of law enforcement, EVERYTHING in the gift shop is cool!

Is there a National Law Enforcement Museum cafe or restaurant?

There is a cafe vending area with table and chairs and vending machines. You can bring your own lunch!

National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC

What should teachers planning a field trip know before reaching out to you?

In addition to tours, there are specialized workshops available and appropriate for specific age groups. Check them out and make them part of your students’ experience

What are your normal days and hours of operation?

General Admission days are Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. The Museum is open for group tours Tuesday – Thursday.

National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC

Is the National Law Enforcement Museum accessible?

Yes.

Does the museum have a bag check or coat room?

Yes.

Is there parking available?

There are paid lots in the neighborhood.

Is there an admission fee?

CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE!! There is an admission fee for adults, with discounts for seniors, military, law enforcement, young adults

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