Learn what it’s like to be a cop and test your knowledge and skills in DC’s newest and most interactive Museum.
Walk in the shoes of a modern-day law enforcement officer. Be a 911 operator/dispatcher in the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit, learn about different law enforcement specializations in Being an Officer or become a detective and learn about the forensic techniques used to solves cases in Take the Case.
Explore the history of law enforcement in America through numerous artifacts that demonstrate major milestones and pivotal turning points for the profession in the History Time Capsules exhibit. In The History Beat, a multi-screen presentation talks about the enduring significance of six historic objects. In Reel to Real have fun browsing toys and memorabilia from cop TV shows and movies over the years.
Start your experience with the Signature Film in the Main Theater as an introduction to the work of law enforcement in the United States and its relatively unique role. Watch three short documentary-style films about officers serving and protecting their communities in To Serve and Protect, and engage with the Web of Law Enforcement to learn how the complex web of some 18,000 agencies works together to keep us safe. Hear brief stories from the careers of a variety of officers, in their own words, in Officers’ Stories.
Enter this tranquil, reflective space to pay respect to the American law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Learn about the history of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and see personal mementos left along the Memorial wall.
Participate in an immersive training scenario and experience the split-second decisions that officers make on the job. A skilled trainer leads 25 visitors through a video training simulation. Two volunteers from the group will use simulated weapons, others will take on the role of witnesses. Caution is advised. Ages 12 and up.
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the National Law Enforcement Museum is temporarily closed to the public. Please watch for re-opening updates on this website as well as on our social media platforms.