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The New York City Police Museum (NYCPM) is a museum that features the history and contributions of the New York City Police Department since its establishment in 1845. The museum is located in Lower Manhattan in New York City, near Wall Street and the South Street Seaport. While one of the museum's primary focuses is a memorial to the September 11 attacks, the museum contains a wide range of information on the history of the NYPD.
The museum, which grew from a gallery housed at the New York City Police Academy, opened at 26 Broadway at Bowling Green in January 2000 and re-opened in a new location at 100 Old Slip, former home of the First Precinct, in January 2002. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused substantial damage at 100 Old Slip, and the museum reopened on October 24, 2013 at 45 Wall Street. That location closed in 2014 and the museum's future plans are unclear. While there were attempts to move the museum to Pershing Hall, a historic building on Governors Island, to date the museum has only sponsored a few exhibits on the island that is open to the public from May to September.
It also allows visitors to simulate a police firefight, and judges whether or not the shooting was correct, allowing civilians to have some understanding of situations that police face and provide them with a better understanding of the work of police officers than that provided by the media. Its exhibits are not without controversy, and city historians have accused the museum of omitting coverage of more controversial aspects of NYPD history.
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We came here because it was on our New York Pass and we were so glad we did, the staff are amazing, told us alot one officer told us alot about 7/11 traumatic! Worth a little look if your in the... more »
This mini-museum is currently housed in temporary quarters as a result of Hurricane Sandy. It has a wonderful collection of police related artifacts, memorabilia and ephemera dating all the way back.... more »
Unfortunately closed, but from what I heard and saw, its great!
A must to visit in New York city! It presents the history of the NYPD and educates everyone about its role in keeping the city in order. It also highlights the history of the department. They have educational progams and exhibits that make it definitely an interesting visit!
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