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May 18, 2008

A new must-see in DC

Punishmentgallery_000 This article in the Los Angeles Times reports on a new museum about to open on the other coast:

America's fascination with crime will take a new turn Friday -- opening day for the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.... This new museum seeks to downplay the fame given to criminals and spotlight law enforcement's investigative work....

A history of American crime leads visitors through the winding hallway with information on crime and punishment in several time periods.  Visitors can place their head and arms in colonial stocks, participate in a Wild West shootout and flip through mug shots of infamous criminals....  Another gallery, an exhibit on the death penalty, holds scale models of a gas chamber, an electric chair and a guillotine.

This website makes this new museum look pretty interesting.  But the museum's tag line needs some work: they have to be able to do better than "So Much Fun It's A Crime!".

May 18, 2008 at 09:37 AM | Permalink


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