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International Spy Museum, Washington DC

(3.5/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web)
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. Add International Spy Museum to your Washington DC travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Washington DC vacation generator.
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  • This was the only museum we visited that charged admission ($21 to $25 ea), but it was well worth the money. There is so much history, especially for the spy buff. There are interactive things for adu...  more »
  • Thought it was only a museum. Big surprise when you find yourself roll playing a mission. It was a blast. 
  • It is a small museum , but we easily spent almost 4 hours inside. I would recommend it to any family with kids older than eight. 
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  • It's a fun museum, lots to do. It was very crowded on the day we went. Entertaining, lots of fun James Bond stuff. Awesome displays. Lots to see in one day! Their motto is "Trust no one, deny everything"! The only reason 4 stars is because it was too crowded on the day we went and couldn't get to see everything. Very interactive! Thank you for an awesome experience! Awesome location too, right next to Wax museum (didn't get to see it yet), and next to Gorden Beirsch restaurant which is a very good place to eat at!🖒😎.
  • Not sure it was worth the nearly $25 to get in here. Yes the exhibit is definitely extensive, they have some cool historical spy gadgets but mostly the displays and exhibits are a little kitchy especially if you already know about things like the American civil war, The Pacific War etc. If you're not particularly interested in "Spy" stuff don't even waste your time here. Most of the exhibits don't actually hold real artifacts and are just cheap replicas, exhibit models. Thus, don't expect to see anything of extreme historical value.
  • Great for teens, but personally, I thought it was overpriced and under - fun. There was an area with flashing lights, so if you get motion sick easily, avoid the last area. I hit the panic button and had a janitor escort me out of there.
  • I found a Groupon and a coupon code right before I went in. I'm glad that I did, since I might have been disappointed, had I not. I had thought about starting my day out here, but before I arrived, three tour buses threw up a bunch of tourists. The line to get in was instantly too long for my liking, so I opted for the National Portrait Gallery across the street, first. I made it in later with no external line outside. The place was still too crowded on the inside. It was hard to see everything and the unsupervised kids running around and yelling, took away some of the experience. The exhibits were interesting, as well as the lay out. They had lots of original artifacts, as well as some reproductions. The Bond portion was interesting and the Props that they had were cool to see. Perhaps they could offer an adult happy hour, so you could get a head start before the iphone toting seven year olds, that are off of their ADHD meds are unleashed upon the place. Find a discount before going. Had I paid full price, I would've been very disappointed.
  • Very interesting exhibits! You can definitely have a fun 2 hours in here. A little pricey, but well worth it. You will learn alot! The staff are very friendly as well.