Collection Highlights

The Museum's collection includes more than 25,000 objects which span over 300 years of American law enforcement history.

The National Law Enforcement Museum’s collection includes a wide range of materials, from photographs, letters, and handwritten blotters to uniforms, handcuffs, and radios. The collection includes items from the everyday life of a law enforcement officer as well as objects showcasing historic figures like J. Edgar Hoover and objects from important events including the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, the September 11th attacks, and the 2002 DC Sniper shootings. The Museum’s goal is to preserve these objects and their stories and use carefully curated exhibitions and programs to showcase the experiences of law enforcement professionals.

Borrowing from the Museum


The Museum’s collection is available to borrow for exhibitions at qualifying institutions.

Object Donation Inquiries


We are always interested in expanding our collection on American law enforcement. If you are interested in donating an object, please download the form below.

Research Inquiries


The Museum's collection is accessible for research and study by appointment. Click below to request more information.