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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  • I really enjoyed this museum. I am someone that loses interest quickly in most museums as the standing and reading and looking can be tiring. But, this museum was great! You get a mission to do as...  more »
  • Staggered time of admittance was nice. Great museum. Most museums in DC are free but we felt paying to visit the Spy Museum was definitely worth it. Good intro video, hands on and visual exhibits.....  more »
  • 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.
  • I found it to be an interesting museum. The video exhibits were very professional in production. The spy gadget type artifacts were cool. It wasn't just U.S. history on display, there were many exhibits from Russia, the U.K., North Korea and many others. There was a gift store that had some interesting books and of course coffee mugs and t-shirts and other items like that. Parking in the L'Enfant parking garage was $23.00.

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