National Law Enforcement Museum Opens October 2018 / by Liz Maurer

The National Law Enforcement Museum opens to the public on October 13, 2018 and has already drawn recognition for its highly interactive and immersive exhibits that promote greater understanding and appreciation of law enforcement professions and challenges.

Into the chasm of tension between citizens, who feel besieged by police, and law enforcement agencies, who feel embattled by protesters and the news media, steps the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington . . . with an array of interactive exhibits designed to inform, entertain and maybe create some understanding on both sides.
— Tom Jackman, The Washington Post

Craig Floyd, president and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, was interviewed by Chicago’s ABC7. He explained the educational philosophy behind the exhibits.

Museum design firm Christopher Chadbourne & Associates (CCA) produced the original concept and designs. After CCA’s closure, Michael Biddle of Studio 647 completed final design. Designers fulfilled the Museum’s promise to visitors that they would “walk in the shoes” of law enforcement in order to learn what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer. At the same time, NLEM’s exhibits and programs strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

As much as we want to educate the public on the history of law enforcement, we want to reflect the role law enforcement plays in current events and how we can build strong communities through open conversations.
— David L. Brant, Executive Director

The Museum has posted an engaging fly through on its YouTube page. The fly through highlights the immersive exhibits.

Only a fraction of the Museum’s 20,000 artifacts will be on display at any time. The artifacts represent the full range of law enforcement roles, from prison guards and 911 dispatchers to beat cops and undercover agents to the head of the FBI. The impressive collection will be featured in changing exhibits for years to come, encouraging visitors to return. The 57,000 square-foot facility is adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Grand Opening Community Day is October 13, 2018. Members of the general public will receive free admission.