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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  • Great visit to Spy Museum for birthday celebrations. Easy metered parking on the plaza, great entrance and guide introduction. A lot of fun with badges and the many interactive activities. Very.....  more
    Great visit to Spy Museum for birthday celebrations. Easy metered parking on the plaza, great entrance and guide introduction. A lot of fun with badges and the many interactive activities. Very.....  more »
  • What fun! A lovely experience from beginning to end. The museum does an excellent job at demonstrating real world examples of spying through the ages. Entertaining, fun and lots to learn! 
    What fun! A lovely experience from beginning to end. The museum does an excellent job at demonstrating real world examples of spying through the ages. Entertaining, fun and lots to learn!  more »
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  • I thought this museum was so unique for what you picture in DC. It’s not a free museum, but the rooms are full of incredible spy gear and stories that I’d pay again! The best part is how interactive it can be! There’s spy games in almost every room and we had so much fun as a group all going on our own special missions. The last part of the exhibit was my favorite! It was just such a cool way to wrap up the experience. If you’re in DC, head here early because you’ll definitely want to spend more than two hours here!
  • We heard about this place from a friend and were visiting family in DC and decided to hit the Spy Museum on our way out of town. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was a very fun/interesting experience. My kids all enjoyed it and I enjoyed it more than they did I think. My only complaint is that I didn't have more time. We were there for around 2-2.5 hours and I think I got to see/do about 1/3 of the museum. To really get through it you would need 6+ hours and preferably a few days. It's a very interesting place to visit and very different than any other museum I've ever been to. The parking was easy and there's a food court/restaurants nearby for lunch before/after your visit. Highly recommend.

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