First Look: National Law Enforcement Museum to Open in October

Whether you're a true crime aficionado or know a kid who wants to be a police officer when they grow up, the National Law Enforcement Museum promises something for you. D.C.'s newest museum features artifacts from celebrity investigators, real-life prison cells and some incredible vehicles used to fight crime and save lives. The museum is scheduled to host a free grand opening and community day on Oct. 13. Until then, you can check out some of the best artifacts here:

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The National Law Enforcement Museum opens Oct. 13.
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Many National Law Enforcement Museum exhibits shed light on some of the most fascinating criminal investigations in American history. This bike is the centerpiece of a look into a covert operation that ended in the arrest of 51 members of a criminal motorcycle gang, the Sons of Silence. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Blake Boteler went undercover for about three years and was inducted into the gang before helping make the arrests, according to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund. When the investigation was over, he donated his long biker hair to Locks of Love, the fund's website says.
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This is the helicopter that was used to <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/Helicopter-Used-In-Air-Florida-Rescue-Lands-at-New-DC-Museum-488939471.html" target=blank>pull five plane crash victims from the icy waters of the Potomac River in 1921.</a> It was used by the National Park Service for years before taking one last flight to the museum's rafters.
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You can go inside real cells from the Lorton, Virginia, prison.
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Firearms of criminals and law enforcement are on display.
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Al Capone's pearl-handled pistol is on display near the credentials for an investigator who helped bring him down.
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Curators say this was the rifle used in the <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Life-Sentence-for-Lee-Boyd-Malvo-Stands-in-Beltway-Sniper-Case-440759783.html" target=blank> 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.</a>
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A selection of police and sheriff badges from around the country.
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Kids visiting the museum can see first hand what an investigation entails. The "Take the Case" area lets you become the investigator by collecting evidence and looking in on interrogations.
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The grand opening party on Oct. 13 is free. After that, timed tickets are available starting at $21.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids ages 6 to 11.
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The National Law Enforcement Museum's efforts go beyond the museum walls. The museum launched the Affinity Project, which aids its goal of strengthening ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
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