Arlington, Virginia: Drug Enforcement Administration Museum (In Transition)

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Directions:
From north: I-395 exit 8A, just south of the Potomac River Bridge. Follow signs for Pentagon South Parking. Turn right onto Fern Rd., cross under the freeway, then turn right onto Army Navy Drive. Drive one block, cross Hayes St., then turn left at stoplight into parking deck, or drive another block, turn left onto Joyce St., then left again into parking lot. Walk back one block east. Entrance is on east side of S. Hayes St., slightly south of intersection with Army Navy Drive. From south: I-395 exit 8C. Bear right onto Army Navy Drive, then turn left at stoplight into parking deck, or drive another block, turn left onto Joyce St., then left again into parking lot. Walk back one block east. Museum entrance is on east side of S. Hayes St., slightly south of intersection with Army Navy Drive.
Hours:
Closed for renovations until late 2020. (Call to verify)
Phone:
202-307-3463
Status:
In Transition

DEA Museum.

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum
Small, but its displays include pimp shoes worn by an undercover agent, a diamond-encrusted drug kingpin pistol, and a simulated head shop. Closed for renovations until late 2020. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/09/2010]

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DEA Museum

This is a small, but interesting museum run by the US Drug Enforcement Agency, tracing the history of drug enforcement from the Opium war (when drug enforcement meant forcing people to buy and take drugs) to today. Among the highlights are a display of once-legal products which contained opiates and/or cocaine ("Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup"), a simulated head shop featuring an enormous hash pipe emblazoned with the name "TOKEMASTER," and, best of all, the enormous green snakeskin platform shoes and fox and rabbit fur coat worn by DEA undercover agents in the '70s (codename "Huggy Bear"?).

[Willie Zaza, 08/19/2004]

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