The museum is fun certainly best if you have kids 8-15 I would guess. There is a lot of reading involved (or audio if you take the audio tour), with reading everything you are easily looking at a 3-5 hour visit. If you go a bit more briskly 2-3 would probably be the minimum.
The place is 3 levels with the first (top) level having by far the most time you will probably spend on it. It covers a lot of older crime/punishment related items. The middle level features some more modern items and certainly goes a bit faster. The bottom level is primarily the america's most wanted set which is a bit interesting to look at (very outdated tech too it seemed!) but not much else is on that level.
The stop selling tickets an hour before close, but that is certainly not long enough to see the entire thing. They close at 7pm except on Friday/Saturday when they close at 8 (and they are very strict on closing times, everyone will be in the in the gift shop within 2 minutes of closing!). You do have the option to get your ticket stamped to return the next day if you are there at closing. Tickets are roughly $20 per adult, more if you do an audio tour or an interactive CSI etc experience. The interactive car driving and cop shoot out experience are fairly enjoyable they are pretty short at only 1-3 minutes or so each however. You could do them multiple times if desired. The other interactive things are a bit less enjoyable for adults but should be more fun for kids. Would definitely suggest getting there several hours before closing (say around 3 atleast) so that you don't have to feel rushed to ensure you get to see all the levels. If you do end up pressed on time the last level could e done easily in 10-15 minutes and the second will take probably only half the time you spend on the first so certainly keep that in mind.
I would recommend it for adults if you have a real interest in the topic and don't mind reading. For kids as long as they are old enough reading (or lots of audio) won't bore them they will probably enjoy it.
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