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International Spy Museum

800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202-393-7798
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #74 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Hue
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loads to see and do. Great for little kids, and really interesting for big kids too. Well laid out. Fascinating facts and displays. Good value for money as well,

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

We are happy you had a successful mission at the Spy Museum. Our goal was to offer something for all audiences and create an engaging and interactive environment. Thank you for visiting and we hope to spy on you again soon. More

Atlanta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We were very disappointed with this place. First off, very crowded. Management will blame spring break, etc. but if you're selling timed tickets, you're in charge of how many folks you let in and when. No excuse for this. When you enter you're herded into a small lobby, where they really want to pack you in. One employee is designated... More

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SpyMuseumManager, Director of Operations at International Spy Museum, responded to this review

We appreciate your input and truly regret you had a less then enjoyable visit. We want to address all unhappy experiences and ask guests to inform any staff member before leaving the Museum. Please know we do limit the number of guests in the exhibition to prevent crowding and when we are busy, lines may form in the lobby se... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting exhibits for adults and maybe older teens- not too interesting for younger kids. It was so crowded during the spring break week that we had a hard time really appreciating everything there due to the crowd level.

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

Thank you for spying on us! We are glad you liked the Museum despite the peak touring season of spring break. We have heard similar comments from guests like you and our Education team recently created a family guide aimed at our younger guests. Some of the interactives are also fun for young children, such as Spy vs. Spy and... More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Although it is one of the few museums that has a cost to enter, it is worth it. My kids 9 and 7 loved it. Definitely worth it!

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Visited this museum with our young teenagers Had many people tell me this was great, so had high expectations coming into it. Loved the set-up that you were adapting a cover identity and had to use it. This was a lot of fun at first - but you are only tested on this twice in a simple way - they... More

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

Thank you for spying on us and we are happy you enjoyed the history of spying. With so many stories and real spy artifacts, some guests spend hours touring. We regret you did not enjoy Exquisitely Evil. While we do have over 100 artifacts from 50 years of Bond films (including several artifacts from Bond author Ian Fleming), you could... More

New Hope, PA
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147 reviews 147 reviews
60 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is obvious that a lot of time, talent and money went into this museum. Tons of interesting facts and lots of memorabilia for the James Bond fans. Touring with kids limits the attention span - could have easily spent days in this place only got about 90 minutes. There is a fee for this so keep that in mind.

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Columbia, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

1) Too crowded. Could not see exhibits for large crowds. 2) Exhibits were mediocre. 3) Standing in line, was a bit unnerving to hear guides screaming to move the queue forward constantly, in our ears. Why not a PA system? A calm voice? 4) What is the point of the identity room, when no one asked about it? For the... More

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Crawley, west sussex
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the museum today, 2 adults and 1 child of 9. It was very busy when we arrived with a line around the block, but it moved pretty quickly. Once inside our Son really enjoyed it and thinks its great that you got to act like a spy and complete a mission. There were lots of interactive exhibits and... More

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We have visited this museum several times- despite the cost- bc it is a fun, informative, and interactive. The kids have really enjoyed it throughout the years- particulalry the mission! For anyone who loves the idea of spying, magic, and secrets- this place is fascinating. The staff is also very friendly.

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Seattle
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a good time, although it was a bit crowded and we had two 5 year olds with us. While you are waiting, they play a clip from one of the many James Bond movies. This is fun for adults and older kids. Lots of things to see and you can become a spy while you are there, too!... More

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