Say what you will about the men and women in blue – their hard work and heroic selflessness is invisible to too many.
Whether you’re interested in seeing the heroic men and women that help keep the country safe or just looking for the oddball stuff to laugh at, this is a great place for either. Founded in 1960, the museum is the first of its kind – and features an indoor shooting range to boot.
This police car is filled with hundreds of signatures and messages to a fallen police officer – a reminder that heroes aren’t always heard about in the news.
Lest we take things too seriously, the police car from Blade Runner is here to lighten the mood.
Ahh, the Segway – that vehicle sometimes thought of as a punch line. As the panels explain, there are plenty of applications for a cop on patrol.
Along with a panel on toy guns, there are a fair few guns around – and a few explanations to boot.
A heavy-duty bike chain converted into a belt by a gang member, confiscated after a victim had his skull crushed and nose broken.
An old-school look at a tear gas gun from 1927, Lake County, Indiana.
Now THIS is a shocker! Sorry, I couldn’t help it… Strap yourself in (or have your friend help you) for one of the most interesting photo ops I’ve ever taken…
The graphic design might be straight out of the 1990’s, but the list is current.
It’s not as photogenic as the electric chair, but yes, you can get a picture of you in a replica gas chamber.
A more solemn room gives the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty the respect their service deserves. Over 8,000 names are etched here.
If your party includes kids, go ahead and let them get dressed up – it’s kinda cute.
Just some of the clever ways of smuggling stuff… that didn’t work… Don’t try this at home, people.
Presenting the Intoxilyzer 5000, first developed in the 1980’s and still in use around the country today… Quick PSA: don’t drink and drive. Seriously. Get a Lyft or Uber it.
Zoom in on this one – I’d rather not type this out, but it’s good. Not pictured nearby is the ‘tramp chair’ – a heavy steel chair allowing an office to literally wheel the accused out to the public. Sit inside for another photo op.
It ticks a lot of the boxes for a worthy, offbeat place – a good selection of stories about famous criminals, some fun interactive exhibits with good photo-ops. It’s not the world’s most centrally located place, but it’s easy enough to find and reach if you’re flying towards Miami or through Florida.
Name: American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
Address: 6350 Horizon Dr, Titusville, FL 32780 (GPS: )
Directions: From Titusville, head south on US-1 for about 6.5 miles. Turn left onto Vectorspace Boulevard, then left again onto Horizon Drive. Follow it around and you’ll see the museum on your left. Free parking in the lot.
Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm daily
Phone: (321) 264-0911
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