Group Workshops

Intelligence, Code Breaking and Law Enforcement

Learn about the history of law enforcement and intelligence gathering through this ninety-minute workshop which incorporates the Museum’s exhibits, primary sources, and hands-on activities. Major highlights of the workshop include learning how Elizebeth Smith Friedman brought down a Vancouver-based liquor smuggling group, setting up your own surveillance team, and deciphering codes just like the FBI. This workshop is great for groups interested in delving into a fascinating time in American history and exercising their problem-solving skills. (Duration: 90 minutes | Capacity: 30 visitors)

  • Phone
  • 202-737-7498
  • Mail
  • Email Us
Learn More
Forensic Science: Blood Analysis

During this workshop, participants put on the lab coat of a forensic scientist to solve a murder mystery. Participants will learn the basic components of blood analysis. A museum educator will lead the group in creating blood spatter patterns, analyzing blood types, and calculating trajectory. This workshop is great for groups wanting to exercise their math and critical thinking skills. Add-on available to speak with a law enforcement volunteer who worked in forensic science to learn about their personal experience in the field. (Duration: 90 minutes | Capacity: 30 visitors)

  • Phone
  • 202-737-7498
  • Mail
  • Email Us
Learn More
Bomb squad and Robotics

Enter the world of elite bomb squads sent in to deal with some the most dangerous situations dealt with by law enforcement. Groups explore the basic work of bomb squads before diving deep into hands-on activities led by a museum educator. Participants will learn how different bombs are detected, guide their own robot in “bomb disposal”, and put their nerves to the test in a timed challenge. This workshop is great for groups wanting to exercise their critical thinking and observation skills. Add-on available to speak with a law enforcement volunteer to learn about their personal experience in the field. (Duration: 90 minutes | Capacity: 30 visitors)

  • Phone
  • 202-737-7498
  • Mail
  • Email Us
Learn More
Investigation: Murder at the Museum

Step into the shoes of a detective in this fast-paced scavenger hunt. Participants will work together in small groups to unlock key evidence before the clock runs out. Our “detectives” will explore the Museum, solve puzzles, analyze primary sources, and decipher clues to unravel the mystery around a murder in the museum. This workshop is great as part of a team building event and for groups interested in putting their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the test while engaging in friendly competition and fun exploration. (Duration: 60 minutes | Capacity: 24 visitors)

  • Phone
  • 202-737-7498
  • Mail
  • Email Us
Learn More
Q&A with an Officer

The Museum offers the unique opportunity to talk to a law enforcement officer who has worked in the field. This experience is customizable to your group’s goals and interests. Some of the areas in which our law enforcement volunteers have worked include investigation, forensic science, undercover, surveillance, cyber crime, and more. We recommend groups brainstorm questions for our volunteer in advance. (Duration: 90 minutes | Capacity: 30 visitors)

 

  • Phone
  • 202-737-7498
  • Mail
  • Email Us
Learn More

Sign Up for the Museum Insider

Want the latest news? Hear it and see it before anyone else.