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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. 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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  • We spent a couple hours here one day and it was the highlight of the trip for my boys. They were in 2nd and 6th grade and both found it interesting. There was so much about the spying that I had no cl...  more »
  • So interesting to see who were spies throughout our history. Fun stuff too, like picking a spies cover and being tested throughout to see if you could become a spy. Great area of James Bond memorabili...  more »
  • We visited the spy museum on a Tuesday afternoon, after we paid the entry fee of 24 $ (each adult), we got short briefing for our spy mission, which was nicely done. However to rooms of the exhibition...  more »
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  • Calling ALL James Bond fans: My daughter chose this as part of her graduation present. We had such a fun time learning about the history of spying and just having fun! There is so much cool stuff to see.The gift shop was also on point and not overpriced! My daughter and her dad and I give this place 5 STARS! We really enjoyed ourselves!
  • Shaken not stirred? This intriguing museum of worldwide spy materials through the ages is ready to take your online reservations for entrance at the beginning of each hour. The venue includes lots of tactile activities and James Bond movie paraphernalia. A souvenir shop library contains many non-fiction and fiction volumes on the art of spying for national security, monetary, and personal preservation purposes.
  • Fun and interesting! About a quarter of the museum is James Bond stuff. I personally don't like James Bond enough to be awed and amazed by it but it wasn't enough to turn me off to the museum experience. There are sections including cyber terrorism, ninjas, spy rings in the civil war and cold war as well as the revolutionary war and even celebrities who were actual spies (I was certainly shocked)! There is a section where you can climb through an air duct like a spy. There are also packages you can get where you can go on a scavenger hunt through the city or solve spy puzzles throughout the museum with your very own code name Definitely wholesome fun for the whole family.
  • Absolutely amazing! We jumped into a guided tour that had just started. Very glad we did. Our guide, Phil was awesome. A former Air Force Pilot who flew some of the planes, he was very knowledgeable and interesting! Highly recommended!
  • A very interesting and unique experience of visiting a whole Museum dedicated to the Spy World. It is something that both kids and adults can enjoy. I would recommend buying the combo ticket so that you can do the one hour spy activity which is real fun and different experience. Remember to check the time for the Spy activity and be there atlest five minutes in advance. Buy tickets online and it'll save you the hassle of standing in the line. Museum itself can take anywhere from one to three hours depending upon how much you are interested in different objects. The objects are neatly arranged in different exhibits and give you a pretty neat idea about the secret world of spying. I would highly recommend this activity which is different