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International Spy Museum

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Address: 800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-7798
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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We made a deal with the kids. We let them go here if they agreed to go to the art museum across the street afterwards. It turned out to be a positive experience. Yes, it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It is a good and maintained museum but charging $21 in an area where other great museums are free bites you. The artifacts are good, the listening device section is interesting so as code breaking section. Overall good place to spend 3 hrs but the price annoyed me.

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Ponder, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

When we first got there it looked like it was going to be all Hollywood stuff. But no! It was the real thing. We saw all of their gadgets through history. Several short films concerning real spies and what they did. They start you out with James Bond stuff and end it with James Bond. But what is in between... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The international spy museum is a fun place to visit, it gives you the long history of spying and also has interactive displays so you can understand the concepts better. The lower floor is dedicated to James Bond and had some very cool things to do and see. I will say the displays taper off towards modern times and they... More 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is so unique. The history of spies showing you all of their gadgets. Older elementary to teens. Then an entire section on James Bond with special props and cars, etc. Plan 2-3 hours to see it all. They also have some extra spy games for extra fees. Great gift shop. Several restaurants nearby and only two blocks from... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We bring our students every year and they love the Spy Museum! If you get a chance you need to do the Operation Spy - it is a fun interactive spy experience! You could spend hours in the museum - fascinating museum!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I loved it. My 9 yr old son loved it. Like everything, it's what you make of it, Get in the spy mood and look out for the interactive exhibits, they are scattered about and definitely the highlight of the visit. Tip: Pre-book tickets and get there early to avoid lines

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The museum is a solemn place. It reveals the depravity of man. My children actually thanked me for taking them through it.

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Winchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I visited the Museum on my own and was impressed with what it had to offer. Lots of interactive things for the children to get involved with and interesting facts to read about. It also quizzes you about spy techniques and how good a spy you would make. Really enjoyed my few hours at the Museum - would recommend if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Taking the elevator up was an exciting introduction to the museum. My friend and I started to expect even more when we were asked to choose an identity. After the doors opened however, we got confused. It was not clear at all what to do with our aliases. Besides the lack of guidance through the museum, the exhibitions were very... More 

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Irvine, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We made a deal with the kids. We let them go here if they agreed to go to the art museum across the street afterwards. It turned out to be a positive experience. Yes, it was crowded and I resented the price. On the other hand, there was quite a bit of historical information, artifacts, etc.

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Additional Information about International Spy Museum

Address: 800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202-393-7798
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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