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Sheriff's Museum

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Sheriff's Museum

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drswayd wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois103 contributions46 helpful votes
We stopped by this location today but it was closed. Not due to the pandemic but because of a "personal event". Too bad that wasn't advertised as we flew here. Anyway, I was able to peak through the screen that obscured my view and I was able to shoot a picture of two old police cars. They actually turned out pretty nice.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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sxwilkin wrote a review Feb 2020
Bellevue, Washington41 contributions28 helpful votes
Sweet little museum worth the visit. Small but packs a punch. You can have your pictures taken in jail, mug shot and sit in court as the judge upstairs. Loved the log from the 1800’s showing the arrests made over a few days. Such an interesting view back in the day! Ex cops inside are super friendly. Make sure you get there at least 45 mins before they close as you will want at least an hour to Browse and they close the entrance about 30 mins before to allow people to finish. Kid will LOVE it and adults too, very nicely done
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SurreyTravelGal wrote a review Nov 2019
BC, Canada81 contributions45 helpful votes
When in Old Town, go to this Museum. Free entrance with your Trolley ticket. Lots to see. You can even get your picture behind bars.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mister-Markie wrote a review Nov 2019
San Rafael, California2272 contributions87 helpful votes
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This place looks so boring on the outside - until you get a peek at an old green and white police car in the patio! Getting closer, you then see a black and white police car too! And finally, the body of a helicopter, the big plastic bubble cockpit begging you to come closer. And so I did! When you enter, the lobby is also a well stocked and well laid out gift shop. Now you're hooked, and the "donation" for admission is well worth it. The first room you visit is like an armory, filled with 3 walls of firearms of every size, shape and type: derringers, pistols, shotguns, rifles, semi-automatic and fully automatic guns, tasers and much more. Each piece in this collection is uniquely numbered, and you can use on of two interactive displays to find that number and pull up on a screen a sheet with the basics for that item: age, use, common name, and other interesting details. Very cool and informative! Props for that interactive aspect! A collection of past sheriff's badges are also displayed - much history in that metal. You continue on through galleries highlighting corrections, women in the department's history and present, communications (some of those old walkie-talkies are enormous!), specialized units like the air unit, bomb squad, K-9 and motors (motorcycles). There are displays of old light bars, and so many other things I couldn't list even if I could remember. One old book of mug shots is cool because they used a mirror in the same photo for a side-profile, to save money on expensive film in those old days. You can even enter a current jail cell replica - quite a feeling! Then you head outside to check out the old cars and the helicopter cockpit. Very nice, and the green and white car is in excellent shape and still used in parades. But you're not done yet - there's a second floor! Upstairs you find more historical displays, like an original booking log book (LARGE!) which is a neat look back in history. There is a small replica courtroom, complete with bailiff keeping an eye on things. Another room has displays and videos which talk about gangs and drug use in the community. Another room talks about the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate, and the school shooting at Santana High School in Santee. These displays include items from the actual crime scenes, and are sad to recall but informative to understand these events and their impact. Other areas upstairs include a lie detector display and a room dedicated to the memory of deputies killed in service to the community. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with this museum. Formed through a non-profit organization, it is a work of love of the The Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association. Their efforts are tremendous, and I know the sheriffs themselves have been supportive - this symbiotic relationship is evident in the beautiful and professional displays. Wherever you stand on some current issues of policing in the community, I think a visit here would be good for folks to see how vast, rich and intricate the history of the sheriff's department has been and continues to be as it evolves with technology and society. It was a pleasure to chat with the two retired deputies now volunteering their time to meet and greet visitors, and even help with a mock courtroom session! If you're in the Old Town area, make it a point to visit this "hidden gem" - you'll leave with new knowledge and perhaps a different view of law enforcement. And some fun memories!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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peterlc63 wrote a review Sep 2019
South Pasadena, California610 contributions146 helpful votes
Great place to start your visit to Old Town if your coming from the South East side. Only $5 per person. Friendly former officers are there to talk about the exhibits and answer questions. Nice photo opp can be taken in the recreated Jail Cell and mug shot booth. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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