Collections

The Museum's collection includes more than 25,000 objects which span over 300 years of American law enforcement history.

The National Law Enforcement Museum’s collection includes a wide range of materials, from photographs, letters, and handwritten blotters to uniforms, handcuffs, and radios. The collection includes items from the everyday life of a law enforcement officer as well as objects showcasing historic figures like J. Edgar Hoover and objects from important events including the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, the September 11th attacks, and the 2002 DC Sniper shootings. The Museum’s goal is to preserve these objects and their stories and use carefully curated exhibitions and programs to showcase the experiences of law enforcement professionals.

Collection Highlights

Rights and Reproductions

At the National Law Enforcement Museum we are committed to making our collections accessible and available to researchers, publishers, and the general public in support of scholarship, education, and personal enrichment.

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Research Inquiries

Borrowing from the Museum

Loan Inquiry

The Museum’s collection is available to borrow for exhibitions at qualifying institutions.

Object Donation Inquiries

Object Donation Inquiries

Potential Donation Form

We are always interested in expanding our collection on American law enforcement. If you are interested in donating an object, please download the form above.

Research Inquiries

Research Inquiries

Research Request

The Museum's collection is accessible for research and study by appointment. Click below to request more information.

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