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The Museum Collection
A picture of the first DEA training class. Green, snakeskin platform shoes. Programs on drug smuggling. With more than 5,000 objects, 40,000 photographs, and an online video archive, the Museum’s collection brings the history of drug law enforcement to life.
No matter how big or small, every artifact tells a story. While only a fraction of the objects and images in the Museum's collection, these eye-catching artifacts capture significant moments in the history of drugs and drug law enforcement.
A DEA special agent wore these shoes during an undercover investigation of a cocaine ring in the 1970s.
Credentials issued in 1944 to Robert S. O'Brien, Agent, Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Explore the Collection
From hundred-year-old medicine bottles to a seized Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the Museum’s collection is a trove of artifacts and images that chronicle DEA’s past and the history of drug use in the United States. Click here to examine notable artifacts and more.
The Museum hosts a variety of programs and events that captivate domestic and international audiences. Artifact talks, memorials, and interviews with special guests are only some of the videos you can explore in this interactive archive.
A documentary tribute to Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, in whose honor and memory Red Ribbon Week was created.
After a two-year renovation, the DEA Museum is reopening October 15, 2021. Museum staff welcome visitors back in this video featuring a sneak peek of the new interactive exhibits.