Collection Spotlight

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 green bottle that once contained Vin Mariani, a coca wine.

Vin Mariani Bottle

A green glass bottle that once contained Vin Mariani, a French wine infused with coca leaves.

A wooden Thai village model

Thai Village Model

Seven hundred grams of heroin were secreted into the bottom of this wooden Thai village.

Red and Green Tablet Press

Tablet Press

A mechanical device that compresses powder into tablets of uniform size and weight.

Poppy Scorer

Poppy Scorer

A poppy scorer used by farmers to drain raw opium from poppy pods.

A piece of stone rubble

Pentagon Rubble

Rubble from the Pentagon’s exterior wall, which was struck by American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001.

The life mask of Pablo Escobar.

Pablo Escobar Life Mask

The life mask of notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, a deceased leader of the Medellín Cartel.

A green and cream-colored ceramic opium pillow.

Opium Pillow

A ceramic headrest used by people who smoked opium.

Opium Packing Stamp

Opium Packing Stamp

An opium packing stamp used to mark packages of opium processed by a refinery in Afghanistan.

A tan form with red text.

Opium Order Form

An early 20th-century order form for opium, an addictive narcotic.

A medicine bottle wrapped in tan, printed paper next to a colorful card featuring a woman and her two children looking at a newspaper advertisement.

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

An advertisement and bottle of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a patent medicine that contained morphine.