First opened in 1999, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum has grown from one special agent’s collection of narcotics law enforcement badges into an interactive learning environment filled with compelling artifacts, hands-on activities, and diverse, personal histories that underscore DEA’s commitment to keeping Americans safe from dangerous drugs.
The DEA Museum collects, preserves, and shares the stories of America’s connection to drugs, including public policy, federal drug law enforcement, and the work of DEA employees around the world. To accomplish this mission, the Museum collects artifacts and documents and acts as the steward of DEA’s collections, archives, and historical materials.
As a key component of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s public outreach efforts, the Museum presents a contemporary learning environment with interactives and displays for visitors of all ages, and it engages in a wide selection of educational activities on site, on tour, and on virtual platforms. As a unique museum in America, the DEA Museum inspires visitors with knowledge to become Agents of Change in the fight against illicit drug activities, including drug use and misuse.
The Museum is located directly across the street from Fashion Centre at Pentagon City at the corner of Army Navy Drive and Hayes Street. The Museum is also easily accessible from the Pentagon City Metro Station, one block south of the Museum on Hayes Street.