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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.

How President Nixon Ended the First Opioid Epidemic

February 9, 2024

DEA Museum presents How President Nixon Ended the First Opioid Epidemic, with former administrator Robert C. Bonner.

A blue and gold flag commemorating DEA's 50th anniversary.

DEA Museum Staff Gear Up to Highlight 50 Years of History

June 30, 2023

This July, DEA turns 50. As keepers of the agency’s history, Museum staff is working full throttle to augment permanent gallery content and experiences with two new exhibits and an anniversary history book. It’s a tough challenge, but the end results will engage and fascinate visitors later this year.

A museum exhibit.

Behind the Scenes: BAT Class 238’s Guidon Now on Display

June 29, 2023

The DEA Museum shares the Drug Enforcement Administration’s story, past and present. Its new design features a special changing display honoring recent Basic Agent Training (BAT) graduates. Visitors can now see a BAT guidon, or swallow-tailed flag, on display. The flag, and its donation to the Museum’s collection, is a DEA tradition.

A group of people before a building cut a large blue ribbon.

DEA Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Opens at 20th Venue in Georgia

March 30, 2023

After a successful run in West Virginia, the Museum’s traveling exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences opened in Albany, Georgia, on February 7, 2023. The Thronateeska Science Museum is the exhibit’s 20th venue, and the eye-opening and interactive displays will welcome visitors through September 6, 2023.

A stack of different bound publications.

Behind the Scenes: Museum Collections Staff Receives New Documents from DEA Library

March 30, 2023

The Museum recently acquired new books, documents, and more from the DEA Library. The rich material, dating back to DEA’s predecessor agencies, will be added to the collection or used for reference.

Four law enforcement officers transport a prisoner in handcuffs.

DEA Museum Presents! 50 Years of DEA: Partnerships and Collaborations

March 29, 2023

A panel discussion exploring how partnerships and collaborations help DEA further its mission.

A museum exhibit with artifacts in cases.

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!

A room full of people sitting at tables watch a presenter speak from a stage.

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.