America’s Most Wanted Studio

An entire level of the museum is devoted to the year-round filming studios of the television program, America’s Most Wanted.  Experience the personal story of host John Walsh and see how community involvement in fighting crime has led to dramatic results. More than 1,000 fugitives, including 15 criminals from the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, have been captured due to the crime tips that have been reported to trained operators who work on-site. Surrounding the studio are exhibits on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and everyone’s favorite, McGruff the Crime Dog.

“An important component of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment is that it pays tribute to the law enforcement officers, dedicated to the safety of the public,” said John Walsh (Host, America’s Most Wanted). ”From personal experiences, both in life and traveling the world for America’s Most Wanted, I have seen first-hand their unwavering commitment to the fight for peace and justice.”


  • Profiled by John Walsh:
    John Walsh profiles you as the fugitive in this spoof created through green-screen technology.
  • Child Fingerprinting:
    Have your child’s fingerprints taken at the Cross Match Technologies station as part of a national effort to encourage child safety.