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International Spy Museum, Washington DC

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • Downtown near the Smithsonian Gallery of American History Portraits. Kids inside seemed to love this place. Admission was no too bad I would buy tickets ahead of time via Internet. History of spies wi...  read more »
  • Made 2nd visit to this perfect little museum. Had as much fun as first time; the exhibits are well-crafted and interesting. We also added the spy adventure "tour". It was an hour well-spent, having fu...  read more »
  • Looking for something different to do and tried this. Fine for children from 7-13, but otherwise not worth the admission. stick to the public museums. This is not really a museum, it is an entertainme...  read more »
  • Waited in very long line but staff worked hard to bring water and lemonade to us. Inside was cool and had plenty of stuff to stop and look at but did not feel it justified the cost. It was good, but not that good. Would do it again and recommend but not for small kids.
  • What a fun museum! This particular museum does cost unlike the other national museums, but there are plenty of coupons and discounts on the web. I encourage you to find them and use them. That said, it was still worth the price and little ones will find it fun as they work through the scavenger hunt. There are a lot of things going on in this museum and between all the history and the activities, you could easily spend the majority of the day here. Make sure to keep your tickets as they will allow you to come and go throughout the day. The reason I had to knock a star off was because of the layout of the museum. It has quite a few deadends, and if people aren't paying attention you can get stuck in a room as you wait for people to move out of the way. The flow could definitely be improved. I would also recommend that the space out the groups of visitors a bit more as there isn't enough time provided to explore one of the activity rooms before another throng of people pour in.
  • I enjoyed seeing the history of spys. Not a fan of james bon exibits though
  • Great place to take kids! There really is something for everyone here. If you are a James Bond fan, then do yourself a favor and take the tour. The amount of 007 fanfare here is amazing!
  • If you very into history and want to slowly read little plaques and signs as you walk around, this would take a nice hour or two detour from your day. The information is interesting to me, so it was okay. I read a lot of this stuff online so I already knew quite a bit of the information in the exhibits, but there was still enough new things to keep the place interesting -1 star for being more than $20 a ticket for a completely self guided tour. -1 star for being a bit stuffy and the air just felt stale the entire time we were there.
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