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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  • We really enjoyed this museum. I loved the history section, while through kids loved all the interactive gadgets. Through James Bond stuff wasn't as interesting for me, but still a great experience. G...  more »
  • I learned about this place on the internet. The staff was friendly and helpful. I went here after work so it only gave me a little over an hour to go through. The lady said that it generally takes peo...  more »
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  • Definitely a fun museum. It's the perfect place for kids because it's pretty interactive. It was more of a playground than I expected but fun for all ages none the less. I took my eight year old nephew and he loved it. It's in a perfect location for getting food before or after your visit as well.
  • Lots of cool stuff, had fun with my kids and 75 year old uncle that likes James bond. This was my second time here, last time bring over 10 years ago. Make sure you are ready for an intellectual adventure. You get to assume an identity and go through several phases of spy history with some very cool gadgets. Some of them we may have seen and some you may not have every seen. Bring your memory so you can pass the test at the end. It was a good time, took us almost 2 hours, but we didn't get to do everything because we had to leave. Will come back again
  • Wow..... this was awesome! I highly recommend that you do this museum in 2 parts.... do the top floor then have lunch and come back. There's so many cool things to see and read that you should take your time. It is very interactive and fun! The gift shop prices also are decent.... would definitely go again!
  • Some interesting collections of facts on James Bond and the Cold War Stories. It is also a good experiential entertainment since you are asked to be a spy. You are to remember certain facts and use those facts before you leave the exhibit. The "ride" of this exhibit can use better actor. My guide hit all of the script, but I find it more hilarious than what the "ride" called for. Plan for a whole day (arrive late will not give you enough time to fully check out the collection and you will have to tolerate a crowd).
  • This was a really cool museum. You start out by assuming a spy profile. Then you're transported to the history of spying from all over the world. You see hardware, gadgets, and information from the 1200s to modern time. This place is very family friendly. Lots of kids were having fun with the many hands on activities. There is also a 50 years of Bond section that is worth not skipping. It's even next to a Shake Shack.

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