The New York Police Department Museum was established in 1999 to commemorate the contributions and history of the largest police force in the world. It is located near South Street Seaport and Wall Street at 100 Old Slip. Built in 1911, this National Landmark building once housed Precinct Number One.
Museum visitors will get an inside look at the traditions of the department and learn why police are called “cops” and their bosses are called the “brass.” You’ll view exhibits showing the evolution of police uniforms and equipment, various firearms, a 1972 radio car and Willie Sutton’s lock pick tools. The collection includes items from the days when the city was a Dutch settlement. An interactive exhibit allows patrons to simulate a police shootout. The results of which are graded as being justified or not. It is designed to give civilians a better understanding of the situations and decisions that officers face. There is a model jail cell and an exhibit that focus on the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Hall of Honor is a memorial to all the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
The museum is committed to being a resource for the community while preserving the history of the department. This is thoughtfully accomplished through the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.