Drug Enforcement Administration Museum

700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202


Mission Statement:
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center is to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs.

The DEA Museum will provide a unique learning environment for the public to discover the role and impact of federal drug law enforcement on the changing trends of licit and illicit drug use in American history.

Our Vision :
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center envisions itself as the preeminent federal government institution for learning about the history of drugs and drug law enforcement in the United States and the integral role that DEA and its predecessor agencies have played in that history.

-The Museum will mount first class exhibits that attract, engage and educate the American public to a full understanding of the many facets of licit and illicit drug problems in this country.
-The Museum will develop and implement outreach programs to local and national audiences that reflect the mission of the DEA Museum and the drug education goals established by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal government.
-The Museum will maintain the highest standards of exhibit design andfabrication to present the most professional efforts at museum design and presentation.
-The Museum will maintain active membership in and seek accreditation from key professional organizations, including the American Association of Museums (AAM).
-The Museum will be regarded as an integral part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s mission. As a recognized entity, the Museum’s staffing needs and budget will be adequately supported by DEA on a continuing basis.
-The DEA Museum Foundation will be established to serve as the not-for-profit support arm of the Museum’s efforts. The Foundation will actively pursue and manage funding opportunities for Museum projects as well as gifts-in-kind from individuals and private sector organizations.
-The Museum will actively promote itself, its exhibits and its outreach programs to the local community, as well as to the nation. The Museum will be made available to the public as much as possible; from maintaining a regular operating schedule to housing a researchable archive and dynamic website.

Our Values:
The staff and volunteers of the DEA Museum throughout this Visitors Center share a commitment to the following values:
• Dedication to excellent customer service.
• The highest of quality in all aspects of Museum operations.
• Factual, unbiased information delivered in a timely manner.
• Development of strong community ties

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