I'm all about holidays, and May 18 is International Museum Day. Planning a trip to an Art Museum? How about a specialty Crime Museum? The following are a few you can visit. This is not a definitive list by any means. Feel free to add your favorites or comment on Museums you've visited.
Crime & Punishment Museum: Washington D.C.
This museum includes a crime lab, the filming studios for America's Most Wanted, a simulated shooting range, a high-speed police-chase, and hundreds of interactive exhibits and artifacts pertaining to America's favorite subject.
The Mob Museum, Las Vegas: Opening December 2011: The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement — aka The Mob Museum — will be an interactive museum dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement. The museum will focus on organized crime's impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on America and the world.
The Black Museum, London, England: The Black Museum of Scotland Yard is a famed collection of criminal memorabilia kept at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in London, England. Started in 1874, although unofficially, by 1875, it had become an official museum of the force, with a police inspector and a police constable assigned to duty there.
Art in the Streets: MOCA, Los Angeles. America's first major graffiti show celebrates urban sabotage. The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles has just opened what it bills as America’s first major museum survey of graffiti. Read a scathing review of this exhibit here. Then go and see it yourself.
American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Titusville, FL The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1960. It is the nation's first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Spy Museum, Washington, D.C. The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on a profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.