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Browse news stories on Museum exhibits, events, and more. Press and professional filmmakers are welcome at the DEA Museum. Contact or (202) 307-3463 to schedule a visit, video session, or interview.

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Museum Unveils New Exhibit: Disrupt, Dismantle, and Destroy

December 13, 2022

In the 1990s, DEA enacted the Kingpin Strategy to target drug trafficking organizations’ most vulnerable areas: leadership, production, distribution, and assets. The Museum’s new exhibit showcases drug smuggling tools and other artifacts highlighting the strategy’s disruption, dismantling, and destruction of illegal operations.

A hand holding a magnifying glass over a fingerprint.

Museum Programs Engage and Inspire in West Virginia

December 12, 2022

What’s more fun: becoming a Junior Special Agent or practicing the science of fingerprinting? Student groups visiting the Museum’s traveling exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences can participate in both of these engaging programs. Stop by the West Virginia State Museum before the exhibit hits the road!

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Behind the Scenes: Museum Captures Histories and Makes New Friends at AFNA Conference

December 11, 2022

Another year, another AFNA conference. Director Jan Wrzesinski and Deputy Director Steve Stuart met with retired DEA agents and collected oral histories at the annual Association of Federal Narcotics Agents Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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DEA Museum Announces 2022 Holiday Schedule

December 1, 2022

Season’s greetings from the DEA Museum! The 2022 holiday schedule is now available. Navigate your way to a new experience and plan your visit today.

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DEA Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Opens in West Virginia

September 29, 2022

The Museum’s traveling exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences is back on the road, touring the United States. On September 7, 2022, the exhibit opened at the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston. Its eye-opening, interactive, and updated displays will welcome visitors through January 2023, when it’s off to its next destination: Albany, Georgia.

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Museum Launches Hands-On STEM and History Programs

September 26, 2022

Loops, whorls, and arches, oh my! In August, the Museum hosted its first in-person fingerprinting program in its reimagined education space. Students participated in one of two new hands-on programs on the science and history behind DEA’s work.

A sketch of FBN Agent Andrew P. Sanderson accompanied by his name, title, and date of death: September 23, 1944.

Behind the Scenes: Giving a Face to a Fallen Hero

September 23, 2022

In the mid-1990s, DEA unveiled a Wall of Honor memorializing employees who died in the line of duty. Retired Special Agent Richard Barrett tracked down eight portraits missing from the display, recovering the last image in 2022.

A bucket and other plastic waste floating in dirty water.

Livestreaming Today—Illegal Drugs and the Environment

June 22, 2022

An expert panel discussion on the environmental impact of illegal drug production streams live today at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

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New Artifact Added to the DEA Museum Collection: Underwater Smuggling Tube

June 8, 2022

The DEA Museum recently acquired a submersible tube that concealed cocaine under a cargo ship bound for Puerto Rico. Learn why this object and other smuggling tools are important additions to the Museum’s growing collection.

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Behind the Scenes: Museum Readies Traveling Exhibit for Next Stop

June 7, 2022

DEA Museum staff members have a heavy lift – 32 crates on two tractor-trailer rigs! The Museum’s traveling exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, has been in storage because of the pandemic. Now, it’s being updated and prepared for a new venue: the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, West Virginia.