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'Securing the Homeland – ICE' exhibit opens at Crime Museum in DC
WASHINGTON — The Crime Museum today unveiled a new exhibit entitled "Securing the Homeland – ICE," offering insight into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its efforts to promote homeland security and public safety through the enforcement of more than 400 federal laws governing homeland security, customs, trade and immigration.

The exhibit educates the public on the role and work of ICE. Museum guests will have the opportunity to read about some high profile ICE cases, learn about the impact of counterfeit goods on U.S. security, understand how ICE protects our homeland and test their knowledge of ICE at the Crime Museum.
"This exhibit provides ICE with a new venue to showcase how the dedicated men and women of this agency work to keep our nation and its people safe every day," said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale. "As we protect America from the cross-border crime and unlawful migration that threatens public safety, we hope to inspire people to join our team and help us keep our nation safe."

A variety of items that ICE has confiscated are among the artifacts in the exhibit, along with uniforms and part of the agency's history. Some highlighted objects include:

Reproductions of the 9/11 hijackers' passports and other 9/11 artifacts

Drug smuggling paraphernalia and drug tunnel digging tools
Seized counterfeit goods including fake Super Bowl tickets and merchandise

A stuffed bear and a highway road sign that helped special agents solve cases and rescue endangered children

"Our mission at the Crime Museum is to educate, utilizing interactive and entertaining experiences," said Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer of the Crime Museum. "We are pleased to team with ICE to present this informative exhibit that underscores the role the organization plays in public safety on a daily basis."

"Securing the Homeland – ICE" at the Crime Museum is scheduled to run through summer. The museum is located at 575 7th Street, NW (between E and F Streets) in downtown Washington, D.C., less than a block from the Gallery Place Metro Station.

Regular business hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (202) 621-5550 or (202) 870-2343 to verify daily hours, or visit
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575 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004
575 7th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20004
Museum, Tourist AttractionToday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

The Crime Museum in Washington, DC provides America’s most thorough and comprehensive study of the development and evolution of crime and punishment in a museum environment.  Five distinct galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, issues associated with crime, the prison system, victims, crime prevention, forensic science, law enforcement, the Judiciary Branch of government and more!  

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Interactive museum on the history of crime & punishment, including exhibits about famous criminals.- Google
"Interesting and fun museum there is a neat hands-on forensic lab downstairs."
"I was serial killer Ted Bundy's 1968 Volkswagen Beetle."
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vickie c
2 weeks ago
Love this place. A little confusing to exit however I enjoyed it. Love the gift shop as well
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Sam Katz
4 months ago
I had such a wonderful time at this Museum … I spent two days there and barely got through two thirds of it. It encompasses three huge subjects: crime, policing, and punishment. Of course, lots of major, famous crimes and historic figures are missing, but the nation has one huge, dark underbelly that would take several more buildings to house; so given the limited space and money, the Museum has done an incredible job – especially in making the exhibits interactive for younger people. If you are interested in the dark side of the human mind, don’t miss this Museum when you visit the nation’s Capital.
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Karina Valverde
a month ago
I'm sad to read this museum will be closing this on September 30th. I enjoyed a visit with my brother while he was on break from school. We checked out most of the exhibits, learning from disturbing but engaging multimedia exhibits of notorious criminals. Great photo opps in some of those exhibits!
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Arthur Yes Dora the Explorer No
2 months ago
I went there with my Dad and it was so cool. I was serial killer Ted Bundy's 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. I always wanted to see it in real life.
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Artur Kozlowski
4 months ago
I loved the idea of the museum. But really really disappointed that "box magazines" are called "clips" . that tells me that little more research should be done by curators. Funny that apparently i was only person from visitors that knew that Ted Bundy car was owned by lead singer of Korn. Otherwise it's a fun museum. There is a lot there to see. I didn't mind the price since i went to other museums that are free.
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Afriasia Bermúdez-Crespín
6 months ago
I went here on a school field trip last year and my experience was awesome! First, we toured the "Crime Throughout the Ages" exhibit and it was very well put together. Next, we went to the section with the police simulation. My only problem was that your character died every time. The last thing we did was solve a whodunit mystery involving learning about forensics the whole time. As for lunch, one of the teachers ordered Chipotle catering and the other option was McDonald's. The only issue with the whole experience was that a student had to go to the hospital and one of the the teachers (we had two with us) went with her.
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Meg Trucano
5 months ago
I went with my mother recently, and was pretty unremarkable except for one thing: there were innumerable errors in the museum's information placards. I started counting, but lost track after 15 errors in the first set of exhibits. Grammar mistakes, punctuation errors, misspellings, and even several verbatim paragraphs printed one on top of the other. It was very distracting, and left the overall impression that the person(s) responsible for curating the museum were not very on top of their game. This in the face of a minimum charge of nearly $22 for adult admission made this a real disappointment. We left halfway through and didn't come back.
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joanne grant
7 months ago
The museum itself was amazing. So much information and a lot of fun. The classes/labs that were offered were not that great. They were very rushed and geared toward younger kids. Even the body decomposition was geared toward the younger kids.