Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Museum Day Outcast #2: DEA Museum

DEA's homemade bong collection
Beaded necklaces + bongs = trouble
DEA agent's undercover snakeskin shoes in Detroit circa 1970
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum in Arlington, Virginia, is not exactly known for its nuance. Tucked in the lobby of the US agency tasked with fighting drug use and smuggling, it wags a pointy finger. "Everything associated with drugs is bad! Everyone associated with them should go to jail for a long time!" the exhibits practically scream.

Then again, it's the only federal museum in the country with a homemade bong collection. Exhibits on hippies, head shops and drug dealer fashion supplement the pipes.

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