Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the three-story, 55,000 square-feet National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly-underground museum, located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC's Judiciary Square (400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC). The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, historical and contemporary artifact collections, a dedicated space for research, and diverse educational programming.
The official groundbreaking for the National Law Enforcement Museum occurred in 2010 and the first phase of construction—relocating and installing a new utility infrastructure for the Museum and surrounding neighbors—was completed last November. To date, the Museum capital campaign, called “A Matter of Honor,” has raised more than $56 million toward its $80 million goal. Once construction documents are finalized and approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior later this year, the major work on the Museum will commence, with the opening planned for 2014. In the meantime, Museum staff is fully engaged and working well into Phase II of the construction schedule, which involves planning, drafting and finalizing exhibit design and building construction documents.
The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1984, dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates as Museum progress continues!