Normally, a trip to the Crime Museum would generate feelings of excitement (it's one of my favorite museums in all of DC) but yesterday's visit (to see the new Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes exhibit) required a certain level of respect and reflection. It's not grand in scale; but it's easily the most powerful/sentimental stop in the museum.
The exhibit highlights terrorist attacks on American soil, as well as hate crimes. Not exactly something one looks forward to seeing; but like it or not, it's part of our country's history. On display... rubble from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and letters sent by the Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski) in addition to a ceremonial Ku Klux Klan robe and many other reminders of horrors past.
|Letters sent by the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski|
Coming soon at the Crime Museum... Wildlife Trafficking: Are You Contributing to the Trade? opens in June; and later... Art Crimes: Forgeries, Heists & Cultural Property Theft. Sadly, there's never a shortage of criminal activity to showcase. It may not be cheerful, but at least it's interesting.
|Ceremonial Ku Klux Klan robe|
About the Crime Museum:
Crime Museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with memorable insight into the issues of crime, crime fighting, and the consequences of committing a crime in America, through an interactive, entertaining, and educational experience. Regular business hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM; and Sunday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
|Boston Marathon Bombing|
|Cowboy Hat worn by Carlos Arredondo|
|Bust recreation of prisoner Vinson Harris|
|9/11 Terrorist Attacks & Virginia Jihad Network|
|Historic Acts of Domestic Terrorism|