Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Reel to Real
In past issues of the National Law Enforcement Museum Insider, we shared brief overviews of the Museum’s permanent exhibits. Now, we examine some stories and artifacts each exhibit will highlight.
Yes, it is true that there have been countless radio/TV shows and movies over the years featuring law enforcement. Some have even spawned everything from action figures to board/video games to lunch boxes and Halloween costumes.
In the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Reel to Real exhibit, visitors will experience many of the cop dramas, thrillers, westerns, comedies, and the characters that have entertained audiences for decades, some that have become firmly ingrained in our cultural consciousness. [Does this line ring a bell? “…You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” (Dirty Harry, 1971)].
Through TV and movie clips, trivia, and myriad pop culture objects related to law enforcement, Reel to Real will be a fun environment that also dispels many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the law enforcement profession. In the Cop Critique Theater, real officers will show visitors how their “reel” counterparts may not be as true to life as we think.