Museums & Exhibits

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Last updated: Wednesday September 28, 2011, 4:11 PM

SATURDAY to MARCH 2012, MANHATTAN

Tackle a crime scene

It's a dream come true for serious "CSI" fans, who think of themselves as pretty clever crime scene investigators. In Times Square, TV viewers can put their skills to the test at "CSI: The Experience" — an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to play crime scene investigators and solve a true-to-life mystery.

TELL ME MORE: Upon entering the exhibit, visitors get briefed on the case, then head to their crime scene. (If the exhibit is not busy, visitors may be able to choose one of three crime scenes.) They will then examine the evidence and decide what is most important. The experience includes analysis of DNA, blood spatter and fingerprints, firearms technology comparison, forensic anthropology and toxicology. The exhibit uses never-before-seen video of CSI characters, as well as footage from actual crime scene investigators and forensic analysts. In the end, visitors submit their reports and conclusions and find out if they are correct.

QUOTE: "The only thing that matters is the evidence."

— Horatio Caine, "CSI"

DETAILS: Tickets are $25, $21.50 seniors, $19.50 children age 4 to 12 (although the exhibit is recommended for 12 and up). Tickets are on sale now at the Discovery Times Square box office, 226 W. 44th St. (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Manhattan, 866-987-9692 or newyork.csiexhibit.com. Advance purchase is recommended. The exhibit will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The average experience lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

— Kara Yorio

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