International Spy Museum, Washington DC

3.7
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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  • It’s a great museum! Fantastic permanent exhibition and good content. Price is a bit expensive (but worth it) and if you run with the bad luck of being behind a school field trip, good luck trying to ...  more »
  • I visited on a Saturday morning fearing huge queues - there were none. The process to get up to the exhibits was well managed and designed to control the flow of people round the exhibits. That’s impo...  more »
  • I’ve read a lot of books about spying, particularly during the WWII and Cold War eras. It was fascinating to see some of the artifacts from these periods close up. It is interesting for young and old,...  more »
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  • Brand new museum with new technology that makes the experience very entertaining. You can participate by assuming a spy identity and test your spy skills along the way, or just enjoy the exhibits. It is my favorite museum in DC. I have been there twice and still have not seen all the exhibits. This is not pretend spy movie stuff. It is actual history. Highly recommended!
  • The Spy Museum is so much fun! Staff is very friendly and helpful. Definitely allow 3-4 hrs to go through and watch all the short films throughout the different sections of the museum. Lots of street parking but could fill up quickly so allow a few extra minutes if driving.
  • This museum costs about $25 per person and was pretty interesting but very crowded. You get a badge and can go to each computer kiosk to be your own spy and work on a case but be prepared to wait in lines at each place in order to do so. The most time we spent was waiting in lines. There are some really cool spy stories and artifacts. Definitely a cool place to visit once and bring the older kids for the spy experience.
  • This was great! They recommend 2 hours but you could easily spend 4 hours. In addition to great exhibits to look at and learn from, you assume an identity and take in a mission. I was amazed by all the adults playing. Set some time aside and be prepared to wait a little in line to complete missions (or skip them if you’d rather). It’s a blast!
  • I loved this experience. It had a lot of information and a lot of interactive parts. I enjoyed being able to complete my own secret spy mission and learn about my other fellow "spies" while making my way through the museum. I also really liked the gift shop, which had a big variety of items for decent prices, from games, books, and toys, to your own spy equipment. A lot of fun for a variety of ages and experiences, although it was a bit crowded waiting for a chance on each piece of spy equipment. I would highly recommend this experience if you're ever in DC although I'm not sure I'll be let out of the US after looking at so much KGB stuff ;)
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