- A Notorious History of American Crime
This particular gallery showcases the evolution of crime and the criminal through the ages, beginning with medieval knights and greed-driven pirates to the gunslingers of the Old American West and today’s white-collar “silent criminals” who hide behind computer screens, stealing private information and identities.
- Punishment: The Consequence of Crime
From a booking room, to mug shots and a lie detector test, to the cold iron bars and claustrophobia of a jail cell, the Crime Museum presents first-hand the severity involved when criminals get caught.
- Crime Fighting
From security personnel and local police officers to such notables as founding FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the legendary law enforcement agent Eliot Ness, the NMCP’s Crime Fighting gallery showcases the vast network of crime fighting and investigatory personnel dedicated to making our world as safe as possible.
- Crime Scene Investigation
Learn how to solve crime through the use of forensic science technology such as ballistics, blood analysis, fingerprinting, and dental and facial reconstruction.
- Coming Soon: Counterfeit & Cultural Crimes
Counterfeiting goes far beyond cash and designer bags. Learn how everyday products in your life are impacted by imitation. This gallery is under development.
The Crime Museum opened on May 23, 2008. The museum’s conception began when Mr. John Morgan, successful entrepreneur and respected attorney, was amongst the tourist crowds on a trip to Alcatraz Island, the former federal prison in San Francisco, CA that’s now a national park. After his tour of the prison, he decided that a museum that discussed the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation was needed. His goal was to make it interactive and to also honor law enforcement. He partnered with his friend John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted to bring his vision to reality.
The mission is to provide guests of all ages with memorable insight into our nation’s history of crime and its consequences, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation through a captivating, interactive, entertaining, and educational experience.