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International Spy Museum

Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: 800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-7798
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Driving
Description: Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits...
Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.
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Interesting and good insight to the history of the spy world

It was interesting to have an insight to the history of the spy world. The ideas people had back in the day and how they transported information from one end to another was very... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to have an insight to the history of the spy world. The ideas people had back in the day and how they transported information from one end to another was very interesting.

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Los Angeles, California
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We spend a couple of hours at the International Spy Museum. There are very interesting facts about spies, how and when they were used through history. Who could be a spy. There is a whole section on 007. It is very informative, yet there are activities/games that keep you entertained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Spent 3 hours there reading about our nations efforts to protect our secrets and gain information abroad. Very interesting and interactive museum. Lots of activities for kids (8+) with hands on experiences.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

the rest of the museum is good, but I was staying close by and was really interested in the James Bond exhibit. That was brilliant with stuff on basically every movie and a few other interesting things of interest related to the movie. The rest of the museum was good, maybe half he space seemed dedicated to bond. Defitinely worth... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We try to teach the public about spy tradecraft and history in an engaging way. Our special James Bond exhibit is very popular with guests of all ages. We hope you'll spy with us again in the future! More 

New Hampshire
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Whenever I'm in Washington DC I make a point to come here this is fun for all ages whether you're five or 500 It can be a bit pricey but I find it's worth it it's fun informative and very entertaining it's got stuff interactive intellectual all combined got stuff for the kiddos the teenagers the adults even for the... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! We are so glad you enjoy visiting us when you're in DC. We try to educate the public on spy history and tradecraft in an engaging way for all ages. We hope you'll spy with us soon! More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

As my husband is a huge bond fan, we had to go to the spy museum whilst in DC. I was surprised at how much fun I had, it wasn't just for hubby. A lot of great insight into spy-craft through the ages with subtle references to James Bond. Lots of interactive exhibits and very educational. The James Bond exhibition... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your recent visit with us. Our staff strives to make your experience memorable. We try to present the history of espionage in an entertaining and engaging way. We hope you'll spy with us again soon! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My wife had been wanting to go here for years and we finally did. We had a good time, but it wasn't as fun as I expected. There were a few interactive things, but mostly it was reading about various exhibits. That was interesting for an adult, but not so much for kids. There were a number of exhibits I... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We regret that your experience wasn't quite what you expected. We try to present espionage history in an engaging way that's accessible for all ages. Holidays tend to be very busy for us, and we limit capacity in the exhibits by sending up a limited number of people every 5 minutes. Once you've purchased your ticket,... More 

Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Since there are so many museums/attractions to pick from in the DC area, it's hard for some destinations to stand out and the International Spy Museum is barely able to achieve that distinction. i can say for sure this museum is not on the "must see" list but it's novelty and level of interaction should definitely make it a spot... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your overall museum experience. We strive to teach about spy tradecraft and espionage history in an entertaining and engaging way for all visitors. Due to the sensitive nature of intelligence information, our artifacts have to be declassified for several years before they can be put on display to the general... More 

Wellesley, MA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We took 2 7-year old boys to the spy museum and found it to be an overall good experience. They were excited by the James Bond stuff (even though neither had seen the movies) and they liked the hands-on activities (remembering your spy persona throughout, typing messages in code, etc). BUT, there was a lot of looking and reading only... More 

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We try to educate guests of all ages on the history of espionage in an accessible and engaging way. We also have Spy in the City, which is an interactive scavenger where you can test your tradecraft skills! We hope you'll spy with us again soon. More 

CONCORD
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I personally don't believe Sandy Grimes interview on Rick Ames, though. She stated that they were ' on to him pretty quick'. How then did he still get 30 double agents killed? Good Information on spy craft at the he museum.

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your museum experience. We have hundreds of espionage artifacts as well as interactive exhibits inside the museum to help shed light on spy tradecraft and the history of espionage. We also host educational events with former intelligence officers on a regular basis so keep an eye on the event page on... More 

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