The new year is typically a time of renewal and rejuvenation and for the Museum, 2019 represents a time of growth. After a spectacular grand opening last fall, we’re now fully focused on the future. Our Education team has developed a robust schedule of thought-provoking and insightful programs for the entire family, most of which are free with your Museum admission.
The Museum’s unique “walk in the shoes” experience is as exciting as ever. We have the only authentic Training Simulator experience available to the public. Our simulator allows visitors to experience the heart-pounding, split-second decision making that law enforcement officers face on the job. Younger visitors like my grandson love climbing around the Museum’s patrol car, modeled after an Indiana State Police cruiser. Visitors also enjoy seeing how the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are connected on our Web of Law Enforcement interactive wall or learning about DNA and fingerprints in our Take the Case exhibit.
Like many museums, raising awareness and increasing attendance remains at the forefront of our 2019 goals. I encourage each of you not only to visit the Museum as often as you can, but to bring family and friends with you. Repeat visitors often tell me that they’re surprised at how much more they learned on a second or third visit.
I also encourage you to get involved. If you live in the Washington, DC area, consider volunteering. The Museum offers many types of volunteer opportunities from assisting with special programs and events to leading tours and assisting our Visitors Services team. There are also many behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities, including helping our curators with exhibits or cataloging objects and artifacts.
I’m sure your Museum experience will be memorable and visitors like you are our best advertising, so please share your experience with friends and family, spread the word on social media, and let everyone know about our great Museum that awaits.
David L. Brant
Category: Message from the Executive Director