"FBI Headquarters" Other Tours / Museums / Libraries Tip by MDH

  Sadly, Hoover's bra and panties aren't on display.
by MDH

The FBI (as well as the U.S. Marshalls) is the closest thing there is to a national police force in the United States. A tour of their headquarters in the capital is a good experience to see how federal law enforecement works, whether it be busting fraud financial schemes, gangsters, or terrorists.

The FBI has been around for nearly 100 years, and has seen a lot of ups and downs throughout its history. It was made especially famous throughout the 1930s through '60s by its charasmatic, arch-conservative director, J. Edgar Hoover, who busted alleged communist sympathizers, mafia dons, civil rights leaders, while secretly at the same was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. Today, the headquarters building is now named after him, but Left-leaning lawmakers on Capitol Hill, aware of Hoover's infamous totalitarian-like tactics, would like to change its name to the Robert F. Kennedy building, the late Attorney General and civil rights advocate. Lawmakers continue to squandor over this controversial name change.

Although you won't see Scully and Moulder hard at work at the FBI, you will get the chance to see crime labs, phone operators, crime files, and confiscated items from some of America's most infamous criminals, all of which are available for the public to tour.

Visiting the FBI is a chance to see law enforcement at work. Free tours are offered throughout weekdays. FBI Headquarters is located not too far away from Ford's Theatre; the building is easily recognizable by its numerous variations of the American flag throughout 230 years around its entrance.

FBI Headquarters, sadly, is presently closed due to renovations since August, 2002. It will open shortly.

othercontact: 202-324-3447
Phone: 202-324-3000
Website: http://www.fbi.gov/homepage.htm

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2003
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