International Spy Museum, Washington DC

Boasting a collection of spy memorabilia thought to be the most extensive in the world, International Spy Museum narrates the history of espionage and explains its role in contemporary world affairs. Begin your mission by adopting a cover identity in the introductory section of the museum, designed to familiarize visitors with the real world of espionage. Learn about the many skills essential for every successful spy mission and find out what leads people into the dangerous world of international espionage by visiting the museum's school for spies. Don't leave before exploring an interactive exhibit hosting a movie-style spy simulation, in which participants attempt to stop a secret arms deal involving a nuclear trigger. Arrange your visit to International Spy Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC trip itinerary site.
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  • Is an amazing and unique museum. Not just for kids, adults can enjoy all the interactions and activities. Is an incredible museum and it worth the money.  more »
  • This was a last minute stop during a weekend trip to DC. We bought tickets online because they were cheaper than at the door. Tickets were timed for every 15 minutes and sold out quickly. The...  more »
  • Our grandson came to DC to visit for a few days. We took him to this museum. First time I was at the new location. Very interesting. Lots of interactive things to keep youngsters busy. I highly...  more »
  • We heard about this place from a friend and were visiting family in DC and decided to hit the Spy Museum on our way out of town. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was a very fun/interesting experience. My kids all enjoyed it and I enjoyed it more than they did I think. My only complaint is that I didn't have more time. We were there for around 2-2.5 hours and I think I got to see/do about 1/3 of the museum. To really get through it you would need 6+ hours and preferably a few days. It's a very interesting place to visit and very different than any other museum I've ever been to. The parking was easy and there's a food court/restaurants nearby for lunch before/after your visit. Highly recommend.
  • I found it to be an interesting museum. The video exhibits were very professional in production. The spy gadget type artifacts were cool. It wasn't just U.S. history on display, there were many exhibits from Russia, the U.K., North Korea and many others. There was a gift store that had some interesting books and of course coffee mugs and t-shirts and other items like that. Parking in the L'Enfant parking garage was $23.00.
  • I absolutely LOVED the International Spy Museum!!! I did an Access to SPY Virtual 3 months ago and it was fun, but visiting this place in person was even better. Seeing all of the exhibits and participating in an undercover mission will be something I'll never forget. I can hardly wait to come back and visit this one of my favorite places I've ever been to real soon. 🕴🏻 🌏 📱 🖊 🔬 🥼 🛩 👍🏻 ❤ 😃
  • A lot of fun and there is so much to see. This is my second time going and I still want to go back and check it out again. Their gift shop is great and not overpriced. This is one of the few dc museums that is open. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time or they will sell out.
  • This is a nice museum. I went here while I was in DC and was satisfied with my experience. I walked into this museum and went up to the admissions desk, where I paid for a ticket to get in. Once I did that, I went up to the second floor of the museum, which is all about spying, surveillance, spy agencies, spy equipment, and spying through history. I looked at the exhibits, all of which were pretty good. There’s an air duct with noise sensors that you can crawl through to see how quiet you could be. I went through the air duct and I managed to get through pretty quietly. After I did that, I went through the rest of the floor. There was a model of a recorder and spy camera hidden inside a tree stump that was used by the KGB. After I looked at that and other exhibits, I went down to the first floor of the museum, which has exhibits all about James Bond. I looked through the exhibits, which were pretty nice. After I went through the hose exhibits, I left the museum, satisfied with my experience. I gave this museum five stars because it has nice exhibits.

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