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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  • You have to pay entrance to enter, at the beginning it seems entertaining because they try that one sits as a "special agent", but then it is quite boring, because you have to sit down and watch a video in English, which does not last long, but it is not interesting. There is a space dedicated to James Bond, but it is not a visit that worthwhile.
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  • Can’t wait to go back. This was such a fun place to visit, plan plenty of time to tour. We had three 12 year old boy and three moms in our party and we all had a great time. We opted to also do Operat...  more »
  • What a wonderful way to spend a freezing cold day in our nation's capital! Yes, there are many (many) museums with no admission charge, but this is well worth the price. Interactive displays. Spy acti...  more »
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  • Me and my brother (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!
  • This was an awesome experience! We took our 13 and 9 year old and they both had fun, the younger enjoyed the kids hunt for clues, while the older enjoyed more of the history aspect. Many hands on activities which makes it a very fun museum. I gave it 4 stars because of the price and how crowded it is at each activity, we spent a lot of time just waiting our turn, after we had to wait 30 minutes just to get in. I would recommend it, but I think its a one time experience, the other museums in DC are free and I've visited them many times over.
  • This place is SO COOL! Filled with spy gadgets, and knowledge about how spies operate. I went with my daughter, and honestly, she hated it. If you're planning to take young kids, I recommend making sure that they are clear on what a spy is BEFORE arriving (I definitely over estimated my daughter's understanding). Also, most of the exhibits require quite a bit of reading to understand what you're looking at, so if your kid is not able to read, they may wind up bored. For adults and kids age 9+, I'd say this is a must-see attraction in DC. Definitely worth the entrance price.
  • Lots of interesting stuff. Make sure to make a reservation so that there isn't a lot of wasted time. Try to avoid the rush hour so that you aren't stuck fighting over spaces in the museum. They have a lot of interactive stations and activities. So those can get crowded and busy if there's a lot of people around. The natural flow of things doesn't really allow you to go back to things, so plan accordingly. Beware of all the tricky little hiding spots! Enjoy
  • I like that they draw you in by asking you to assume a secret identity and giving you a "mission briefing.". They don't go overboard with it; participation is optional. Mostly it's just a cool museum of spy stuff and history. Their interactive exhibits are cool. There's one where you're breaking a code, and several where you're supposed to spot things in a photograph, like suspicious people. And they have almost a whole floor of James Bond stuff, if you're into James Bond. All told, it's a fun place to visit.

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