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Apr 18, 2024

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Rare New Jersey Artifacts On Display
At Crime Museum In Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC – The harsh realities of crime and punishment manifest themselves through artifacts and instruments of forensics, investigation, enforcement and violence.  The Crime Museum (575 7th Street, NW) in Washington, DC exhibits just such evidence, prominently displayed in each of the five galleries housed within the 28,000-square foot-complex.

These artifacts, which include firearms, detection equipment, prison art, and automobiles, come from hundreds of justice and law enforcement divisions nationwide, including several from the state of New Jersey, featuring such items as prison artwork and Bonnie & Clyde relics to memorabilia from the New Jersey set of HBO’s Sopranos.

More hauntingly is memorabilia concerning the kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., not only one of the state’s most notorious crimes, but also dubbed “The Crime of the Century.”  The toddler son of world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was abducted and murdered in 1932. Inside the Crime Museum, patrons will find artifacts such as the original Lindbergh kidnapping poster issued by New Jersey State Police illustrating the serial numbers of all bills paid as the ransom.  Also featured is the original typed and signed letter from New Jersey Governor Harold G. Hoffman regarding the Lindbergh kidnapping. The content underscores Hoffman’s view that Bruno Hauptmann was innocent in the kidnapping and murder.   The museum also displays an original invitation to Hauptman’s execution issued by the Prison Warden and the leather chest strap from the New Jersey State Electric Chair used in Hauptmann’s execution.

These and other historical elements are incorporated into over 100 different displays and interactive exhibits that focus on the history and legacy of crime and punishment in America. Other permanent attractions inside the museum include opportunities to interact with a realistic forensics lab, create ID cards and fingerprinting, and use a lie detector test. Visitors to the museum can also experience first-hand the skills necessary to fight crime through such interactive components as a simulated FBI shooting range and high-speed police chase simulators. For tickets or additional information, please visit the Crime Museum online

About the Crime Museum
Crime Museum’s mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime, crime fighting, and the consequences of committing a crime in America, through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). For more information, visit or follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter.