“More importantly, we’re proud that the Museum will serve as a platform for constructive dialog to help strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” 

Our Journey

Over a decade of planning and persistence in the making, the National Law Enforcement Museum has opened its doors to the public. Finally, citizens and law enforcement professionals from diverse perspectives and backgrounds will have a place to share in the vibrant story of American law enforcement.

The Museum’s befitting location at Judiciary Square in our nation’s capital marks the first time a national museum dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement will have a permanent home.

Within the walls of the Museum’s strikingly contemporary exterior, artifacts from our collection of more than 25,000 objects tell the story of American law enforcement – past, present, and future – and engage visitors of all ages in memorable, immersive and experiential exhibits. More importantly, we’re proud that the Museum will serve as a platform for constructive dialog to help strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

National Law Enforcement Museum

  • A jewel in the nation’s capital, more than 20 years in the making
  • Architectural plans completed in 1991
  • Authorized by Congress in 2000
  • Opened October 13, 2018
  • 57,000 square feet, mostly underground
  • Two striking glass pavilions on the plaza, each 25 feet tall
  • Showcases 800 of the more than 25,000 objects and artifacts in our collection
  • More than 100 interactive elements
  • Nation’s only museum dedicated to the history of American law enforcement

Immersive and Interactive

The Memorial and Museum has become synonymous with family-focused events. Our goal is to provide an engaging and unique experience for family members of all ages. 

Immersive Public Programs and Engagement

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum is committed to hosting public programs that inform, engage, and strengthen the bonds between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Museum has hosted several programs in its state-of-the-art Verizon Theater, including two Witness programs generously funded by Target, which explored the Attack on the U.S.S. Cole and the agents who investigated the tragedy to a sold-out venue, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, respectively.