International Spy Museum, Washington DC

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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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  • We took our grandkids, 15 and 8, here one freezing day in Washington - worth every penny. We didn't expect it to be so vast and have so many historical items. We all loved the interactive play and the...  more »
  • If you have the time this is a must do in DC!!! This museum is bigger than it looks so plan at least 90 minutes to see it all. (Two hours if you take your time.) Lots of exhibits and you start by choo...  more »
  • This was a good way to kill a few hours. I found a few things kind of hokey - maybe more fun for the younger demographic. There was a pretty large exhibit dedicated to James Bond. The tools of the tra...  more »
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  • My brother and I (both in our twenties) had a blast here! We bought tickets to do the extra Spy Mission and had tons of fun. It's not really hard but very interactive and it definitely gets you into the spy spirit. The museum itself is very fun too, there's a lot of interactive stuff you can do, things that will leave you in awe, educational parts... We were inside for four hours and still had to rush a bit at the end. Definitely worth its price!
  • Our 11 year old son loved the Spy Museum. They currently have a James Bond exhibit and many interactive displays to engage the entire family. They have a one hour Operation Spy group problem solving add on. It was fun for our son and we enjoyed it but it will be at least $100 for 3 people. It would be a five star except for the price.
  • The spy "museum" was a lot of fun. However, I think calling it a museum is not genuine. It's more like an educational theme park than a museum. There are lots of spy-themed games and activities mixed in with exhibits. Most notably, there was a temporary exhibit on James Bond. This seems poorly placed if the museum is supposed to be fact-based.
  • So awesome!! Kids loved it. They have a great scavenger hunt for them to do. We were there for 2.5 hours. Don't burn out too early as the tour ends in a massive 007, James Bond, section. The first three-fourths of the museum is non-fiction, spies through history. It was so interesting. We bought tickets online ahead of time. Small line at 8:30 am. Huge line at noon, when we were leaving. No food or drink allowed inside the museum.
  • This is a fantastic museum with lots of history. If you have the time to really take a look at everything, it would take probably six hours. Theirs plenty to do for both adults and children as you walk around. Great gift shop too, they just don't carry sizes over 1XL, in some of the shirts.
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