June 27th, 2018
The DEA Museum began as a project for the nation's bicentennial in 1976. Per the request of the federal government, a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began to round up badges that had been worn by former agents over the years. The activity incited a curiosity in him and his fellow agents that spurred them to create a more lasting homage to the agency's history — what would become the DEA Museum.
Today, the DEA Museum chronicles not only the history of the people within the agency, but also its efforts to fight drug trafficking and substance abuse domestically and abroad. Its permanent collection is rife with artifacts relating to the DEA's legacy, from photos that date back to the 1800s to contemporary containers that smugglers use to hide drugs. The museum also plays host to rotating exhibits that cover various topics, like the current Illegal Drugs in America and Good Medicine: Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.