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National Law Enforcement Museum tickets

Gate Prices Adult $23.21
Child (7-12) $15.81
Experience what it’s like to be a cop and test out your on-the-job skills at the National Law Enforcement Museum. Your National Law Enforcement Museum tickets include
  • General admission to the National Law Enforcement Museum

It’s a museum dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and its many facets through interactive displays, engaging exhibits, and historical and contemporary artifacts.

Start your visit by watching the museum’s signature films, To Serve and Protect, Web of Law Enforcement, and Officers’ Stories, on the curvilinear screen – the perfect introduction to the work of law enforcement and the role it plays in society.

Next, make your way through the museum’s many exhibits. From interactive exhibits like Take the Case and Being an Officer where you get a feel for what it’s like to be an active member of law enforcement, to historical exhibits that recount infamous battles between gangsters and law enforcement, you’ll get a feel for National Law Enforcement’s past and present.

National Law Enforcement Museum highlights
  • See the US Park Police Eagle One helicopter, used to rescue airplane crash survivors from the Potomac River, suspended from the ceiling of the museum.
  • History Time Capsules exhibit – see Eliot Ness’ credentials, the famed prohibition agent who lead the Untouchables in their efforts to end Al Capone’s illegal activities. Here, you’ll also find Andre Anderson’s police chief uniform from when he became the first African American to lead the department in Ferguson, Missouri, after the riots of 2014.
  • Being an Officer exhibit – step into a real jail cell from the former Lorton Correctional Complex in Virginia and get a feel for inmates’ living quarters and then learn about being a special agent in Covert Ops and living a double life undercover as a member of a notorious motorcycle gang.
  • Take the Case – pick up new detective skills like blood spatter analysis, examine DNA under a microscope, and learn about forensic techniques and technology used today.
  • Hall of Remembrance – a serene and reflective space to honor and remember the lives of American law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty.
The Washington DC Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for National Law Enforcement Museum tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Getting In

Present your pass at the front desk for a timed general admission ticket. Please note, lines may be long during busy season; make sure to arrive early!


Daily, 10am - 6pm
Thursdays, 10am - 9pm


Thanksgiving, Christmas


All visitors are subject to screening by security personnel upon entry. All bags, strollers and other containers will be hand-searched. The Museum does not have on-site lockers or secured storage for luggage; it is highly recommended that you leave oversized bags or luggage at home or in your vehicle.

National Police Week 2019
Wait times may be longer during National Police Week (May 11-18); please plan accordingly.


444 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

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