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International Spy Museum

800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202-393-7798
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Ranked #78 of 254 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Driving
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This museum is wonderful but leave yourself enough time - at least two hours! Geared toward adults rather than children. Very informative and action packed. Great place to visit - especially on a rainy day.

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Spent an extremely enjoyable morning at this museum - lots to look at, lots of interactive exhibits there is a lot of reading but worth the effort as it was all extremely informative - the James Bond "baddies" exhibit is excellent and worth the entrance fee all on its own. it is well organised, the order of exhibits is well... More

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Johannesburg
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this vibrant display. History of spying, equipment changes, spy stories. Enjoyed the interactive opportunities. Well layed out and takes a good 2 - 3 hours to enjoy displays

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MN
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102 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We spent a few hours at the Spy Museum and it was very interesting. You assume an identity upon entering and then use those facts with some computer interaction as you proceed through the museum. They have other interactive exhibits as well. In one you watch a video and try to find the disguised spy. They have lots of spy... More

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San Francisco, CA
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12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We went to the museum on what turned out to be an extremely busy Saturday. There was wall to wall people. Unfortunately, most of the displays require a great deal of reading which is hard to do with people constantly bumping into you. It seems like the museum is trying to jam pack so much stuff into a small space... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum today, and it exceeded my expectations big time. I always enjoy Q's gadgets in James Bond movies, and have also spent quite some time reading books about Norwegian resistance heroes. Therefore thought I would spend a couple of hours here. When I arrived, I got to know an additional twist that makes this museum even more... More

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Phila Pa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

At first look you think tourist trap but once you get past the initial entrance and film you get to see a pretty interesting and extensive collection of some of the spy games former tools of the trade. To me it was worth the 22 bucks and we spent a good three hours in there. The Bond exhibit was pretty... More

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Abingdon, Maryland
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29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This museum covers all aspects of spying and espionage going back to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the World Wars. The museum starts with demonstrations of modern-day surveillance techniques. There are screens showing former CIA employees telling stories about modern-day spies and double agents. There is a huge section of the museum devoted to James Bond. The most interesting... More

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Rochester, New York
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418 helpful votes 418 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

For a private "museum," this place was pretty extensive. Yet its value for anything but entertainment is rather limited, even when viewing the informational exhibits. (I've never been asked to be a spy in my life!) You start this tour by being led into a room where you must pick your "cover" for the spy exercise later on. Yet my... More

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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is a fascinating look into the ancient art of spying. This museum provides an inside look into a very clandestine world.

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

Greetings and thank you for spying on us! We are so happy to learn that you enjoyed your visit to the Spy Museum. The museum is a great experience for the whole family. The museum is a nice look into the ancient art of spying because it does give us a look into a very clandestine world.Guest from all over... More

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