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International Spy Museum

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Address: 800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 12023937798
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Fun James Bond exhibit right now

This is an impressive display of a fascinating area of history and, particularly, our government. I found some tedium in some exhibits, but I would rather err on the side of too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Blacksburg, Virginia

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an impressive display of a fascinating area of history and, particularly, our government. I found some tedium in some exhibits, but I would rather err on the side of too many details/items if I owned a museum. I certainly recommend a visit here if you are interested in spying.

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Stuttgart
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is quite large museum on different types of spy activities, both equipment and methods. Special attention is paid to real history of atomic bomb and imaginary story of James Bond. To my mind, the whole stuff is too old, at the level of 60ies, and urgently needs update with more recent materials. update

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my teenage daughter and the French student we hosted during the spring break to visit the Museum last year, and there's a special 007 James Bone exhibition at the time, it was a lot of fun. Both girls had a lot of fun. The best part is the interaction and mark up identity trial. You'll pick a character... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your intel ! I'm glad you enjoyed spying with us. As you pointed out, we find the best way to educate guests about espionage is to have them try tradecraft for themselves. You mentioned that you chose an identity...Were you able to live your cover? Were you able to master the art of disguise? I assume... More 

Greeley, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating history and friendly staff, definately worth the price of admission. I'd recommend to all my friends.

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

Mission Accomplished! I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit. Our goal is to bring the world of espionage to life for our guests and our staff strives to create a great spy atmosphere! I will definitely pass on your comments to them. We look forward to welcoming you back for another mission next time you're in DC! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a fascinating museum. very different. very interactive. quite interesting. However if you dont have kids its probably worth skipping. Ideal for kids though

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

Thank you for the debrief! I'm glad you enjoyed the museum. As you pointed out, our goal is to educate guests about espionage in a unique and interactive way. We find that the best way to learn about espionage, is to try tradecraft for yourself! While we do have many activities for families and children, we have many artifacts and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went and did Operation Spy with Agent Paige. She was excellent! It was so much fun and she really helped our group come out of our shells since we were all quiet and reserved in the beginning. The spy experience was great so much fun. My sisters boyfriend and I got tasked with opening the safe! He figured out... More 

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

Agent Christina M. Sounds like your Operation Spy mission was a success. I will relay to the Chief of Station that Agent Paige did a bang up job on the mission. Because of you and your team Khandar is safe for now. Until next time agents great job!!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My fiancé and I had a visit today, it was her first time and it was spectacular! We both love the detail that goes into the exhibits. The front desk staff, Chris, and Officer Nabinett were also very friendly and enhanced the atmosphere! Thank you for the wonderful time.

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

Hello Agent DJ, Thank you for your debriefing about your International Spy Museum experience! We want our agents to get a peek into the secret world of espionage. It is great to see you had a successful mission. Keep Spying and we will catch you later! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The International Spy Museum was a great museum to learn the history and techniques of spying from the earliest times. Major events in history and war hinged on spying, code breaking, disinformation that is nicely presented in the museum. The James Bond exhibit is great for fans of the Bond movies. Go at the opening time to get ahead of... More 

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

I'm so happy to hear you mission was a success! Our goal is to bring the world of espionage to life for our guests and shed some light on "the secret history of history". As you pointed out, spies have a lot of hidden influence in world affairs. One of my favorite examples of this can be viewed in our... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited the Spy Museum a few times. It highlights the tools & tradecraft of actual spies, as well as Hollywood's portrayal of them. You start off by assuming a new identity in order to gain entrance to a specific country. (Will you pass the immigration officer's queries?) This is a very interactive museum and is fantastic for visitors... More 

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

Congratulations on several successful missions! I'm so glad you think we are one of the coolest museums in town! We strive to bring the world of espionage to life for our guests through our interactives and one of a kind exhibits. You mentioned you crawled through the air duct and listened to a conversation...did you catch what language they were... More 

Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for all ages. There's a lot of history, and many hands on exhibits. A little different museum than all US history, if you need a break.

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

I appreciate you sharing your intel! I'm glad you enjoyed the museum. As you pointed out, we have many interactives throughout our exhibits that compliment the artifacts and information on display. We find that the best way to learn about spying, is to try out the tradecraft for yourself! Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge admission... More 

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