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The museum ends with a whimper, not a bang. Stories of unsolved cold cases, from that of the Black Dahlia to Chandra Levy, are followed by safety tips for seniors, subway riders and surfers of the Web. They don’t provide a very reassuring message of the punishment fitting the crime, especially after the galleries upstairs, where murder and misdeeds are represented more colorfully.

WHAT: National Museum of Crime and Punishment

WHERE: 575 Seventh St. NW

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

ADMISSION: $17.95 adults; $14.95 military, police and children; free for children under 5

PHONE: 202/393-1099