Day 1 You'll See:
- National Law Enforcement Memorial
- FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building Drive-By
- Monuments & Memorials Tour
Day 2 You'll See:
- National Cryptologic Museum
- National Vigilance Park
- Crime & Punishment Museum
Day 3 You'll See:
- Capitol Hill Tour
- Supreme Court Tour
- DEA Museum
This Three Day Law and Order tour gets your young charges acquainted with the various occupations and inevitable sacrifices of those entrusted with preserving our nation’s peace and safety and the means and approaches by which they endeavor to do so while in pursuit of justice for all. It’s a rough world out there, especially if you happen to find yourself on the wrong side of the tracks; in order to fully appreciate our freedoms, we must also understand what happens when we lose them. You’ll visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the National Law Enforcement Memorial, cruise past the FBI Building, explore the Crime and Punishment Museum, the DEA Museum, the National Cryptologic Museum and so much more. Top to bottom, this trip is all about Law and Order, Washington, D.C.-style!
National Law Enforcement Memorial
Washington, D.C.’s National Law Enforcement Memorial offers a poignant tribute to all U.S. law enforcement officers — federal, state, and local — who have died in the line of duty. The beautiful memorial, adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Museum, features a reflecting pool surrounded by walkways on a quiet, tree-lined three-acre park; here, four adult bronze lions crouch, keeping silent, fierce watch over their young. You’ll observe a different, relevant inscription under each, including this one, by President George. H. Bush: "Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." There are currently more than 20,000 names engraved on its walls, which are, sadly, expected to be filled by the year 2050.
FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building Drive-By
Get out those cameras! You and your educational tour group may be some of the last to drive past this iconic old monument to justice, for it’s nearing the end of its useful lifespan. Rumor has it the FBI building, long “the government building everyone loves to hate,” may soon be no more.
You’ve just driven past the old J. Edgar Hoover Building; what a fantastic photo op! Now, you and your young champions of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” are off to the Newseum - a seven-level, high-tech interactive celebration of the First Amendment, tracing the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day. Located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum houses 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience in its 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, with its fascinating and comprehensive galleries exploring news history, photojournalism, world news and media coverage of major historical events. A special Newseum highlight is the Journalists Memorial, a glass sculpture bearing the names of 1,900 journalists from around the world killed in the line of duty; it is updated and rededicated every year.
Monuments and Memorials Tour
This walkabout gets you and your group of students around to the major attractions of Washington, D.C., each unique and important in its own right. Your tour, which begins at the White House, continues through the National Mall, along the Reflecting Pool and around the Tidal Basin, then wraps up neatly at the U.S. Capitol Building and Supreme Court.
National Cryptologic Museum
Located adjacent to NSA Headquarters, the National Cryptologic Museum houses thousands of fascinating artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession - the study of “top secret” mathematical, linguistic, and other coding patterns and histories. You and your students will catch a privileged glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology; you’ll “meet” the people who dedicated their lives to cryptology and national defense, the amazing machines and devices they developed and the techniques they employed. This “leg” of your Three Day D.C. Law and Order Tour may leave a few of your students entertaining the prospect of exciting futures in an area they never thought possible!
National Vigilance Park
For so many years, the clandestine nature of reconnaissance programs prevented recognition of slain military personnel at the time of incidents. Fellow service members in similar programs quietly mourned their loss, but the fallen were never accorded public honors. The close of the Cold War allowed for the lifting of the dark veil of security restrictions and long overdue recognition of the achievements and sacrifices of these intrepid military personnel. Dedicated on September 2nd, 1997, National Vigilance Park and its Aerial Reconnaissance Memorial stands to honor those "silent warriors" – an extraordinary breed of heroes who risked, and often lost, their lives performing airborne intelligence missions during the Cold War.
Crime and Punishment Museum
Mr. John Morgan, successful entrepreneur and respected attorney, launched this popular attraction with his good friend John Walsh (host of America’s Most Wanted) in 2008, after a visit to the island of Alcatraz. Your student group will garner unforgettable insight into the history of crime, punishment and crime scene investigation through a captivating, interactive and truly educational museum experience. Get a closer look at the tried-and-true tools and tricks of the trade, see hundreds of authentic artifacts including an actual electric chair, weigh the consequences of a life spent on the wrong side of the tracks and study the evolution of the modern bad guy as you’re introduced to a line-up of dark knights, black hearted pirates and cold-blooded gunslingers- as well as today’s “white collar criminals” whose weapons of choice are electronic devices used to rob victims of everything from their privacy and personal information to their very identities!
Capitol Hill Tour
Every student trip to our nation’s bustling capitol should require a visit to the seat of our legislative and judicial branches. Explore the magnificent Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings, visit the stately Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress and enjoy the breathtaking living exhibits of the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Supreme Court Tour
Shhhh! Important work will undoubtedly be underway as you and your students arrive at the magnificent Supreme Court building – home of the highest court in the nation. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of riveting educational programs including informative 30 minute courtroom lectures, a visitors’ film, and court-related exhibitions; when court is in session – during the months of October and April – they may elect to sit on oral arguments. Even if you never enter the building, its incredible architecture will sufficiently impress!
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center is “to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs.” This fascinating institution provides a truly unique learning environment, where your student group will discover the impact of federal drug law enforcement on the ever-evolving trends of legal and illicit drug use in American history through access to a series of state-of-the-art exhibits like Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damages Drugs Cause, and Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America. An impressive gift shop allows your team to take home the perfect souvenir of their DEA adventure – they’ve got a large stock of hats, wardrobe essentials and 40th Anniversary merchandise, quality writing instruments and desktop items and a fantastically imaginative range of small gifts – DEA Paracord Bracelets for rough and ready types, DEA Leatherman tools for dad, cool coffee mugs for mom, a DEA Rubber Duckie for the little lawyer.