While we’ve kept our collections safe during our closure for public safety, we’ve missed being able to share the stories and artifacts on display with visitors from across the country. In fact, we’ve taken this temporary closure as an opportunity to reflect on our offerings and to craft new and improved experiences for you.

When we reopen on August 27, 2021, you’ll find a few new offerings:

  • Our first major exhibition, Post 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, inspired by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Daily museum highlights tours available on general admission days led by our resident law enforcement museum guides.
  • Daily “snapshot” workshops that provide a peek into the Museum’s educational offerings on general admission days.
  • A new patrol driving simulator, the only of its kind in the country not housed in a police training academy, which joins our existing decision-making simulator experience.
  • Days of the week reserved for private groups so our team can provide you with the exclusive experience of having the museum to yourself.

We want you to have the best experience possible when visiting the National Law Enforcement Museum. Whether we’re welcoming you back, or welcoming you for the first time, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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August 27, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Post – 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement

9/11 was a devastating event that affected us all. Law enforcement took heroic action on that day to try to save lives – and in the days, months, and years after to prevent future attacks.

Since 9/11 law enforcement has come together – in partnership with other agencies, the private sector, and the general public – to help make us all safer. In response to the threats raised by 9/11, law enforcement has seen changes in the areas of intelligence collection and analysis, interagency partnerships and information sharing, technology and innovation, training and preparation, and community engagement.


The Museum Experience

The National Law Enforcement Museum is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.

Learn what it’s like to be a cop and test your knowledge and skills in DC’s newest and most interactive Museum.

  • Decision-making Training Simulator
  • 9-1-1 Emergency Ops Dispatch Experience
  • Interactive Web of Law Enforcement
  • Immersive Forensics and Evidence Gathering Interactives
  • And so much more!

The Post-9/11 Story: Questions, Reflections, and a Museum Exhibit

Coming Up

August 19, 2021 | 2pm Eastern

Join us for this virtual event. As a kick-off event in advance of the opening of our exhibition, Post 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, this program will pull back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes conversations that go into crafting an exhibit about the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and life since. Discussing a contemporary, traumatic, and critical moment in our nation’s story brings certain challenges when compared to more historical subjects. By pulling together partners from across the museum field, we will broaden the conversation to consider shared experiences with this topic and why museum professionals choose what to address in an exhibit.

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Commemorative Coins

Commemorative coins celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coin help support programs and exhibits at the Museum.

Special Event and Art Installation

Built for Blue

Built for Blue is a special event and art installation at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum begun in April 2021.

Two esteemed LEGO® builders crafted a 5.5’ replica of one of the newly issued U.S. Mint commemorative law enforcement coins. Built of LEGO bricks, this model honors law enforcement officers during National Police Week and beyond.

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2021 National Police Week Merchandise

Our gift shop is now stocked with new items to celebrate and support our law enforcement community.


Download "THE BADGE" APP

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum is excited to offer “The Badge,” the newest addition in our line-up of resources designed to connect you with our nation’s law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement, honor the fallen, and make it safer for those who serve. “The Badge” mobile app (iOS only) enables us to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.

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Get the inside scoop on Museum events, historical artifacts and law enforcement-related issues from the those in the know. Our Museum staff shares their experiences every week on the official blog. Don’t miss your chance to hear it from experts!

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