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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 #75 of 253 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We really loved this museum. It is a nice change from the other museums in the area. You get to go on a "mission" in the museum or you can take an actual mission. We did not have enough time for that. If we go again, I will be sure to plan for it.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

After reading reviews about the International Spy Museum versus the National Museum of Crime, my finance and I opted to go to the Spy Museum. We were looking for something fun and interesting to do, so we decided to give it a shot. We had high hopes given when you walk in, they ask you to choose and identity, memorize... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A lot of interactive activities and exhibits. Great for James Bond lovers. Many interesting facts about spying. Overpriced in a city where most museums are free...

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New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The regular admission fee is a bit steep so we got our tickets online through citysightsdc.com which offered tickets at a reduced rate. Then I searched online for a discount code and found one that offered a 15% discount which reduced our cost even further. Added bonus, our pre-printed tickets allowed us to avoid the long lines to buy tickets... More

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

Fun times? Yes! Thank you for visiting us here at the International Spy Museum. We have a lot of information to share, and taking your time during your visit is the best way to go. Our special Exquisitely Evil Exhibit: James Bond is a favorite here. It reminds enthusiasts of all the daring spy like adventure that happened on the... More

Bedford
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100 reviews 100 reviews
40 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

You must know going in that everything you see has been used by a spy or in the capture of spies. Room after room of pieces to look at, audio visual clips, and temporarily the first floor is devoted to James Bond movies.

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

Good Work Agent! You have had a successful mission during your visit to the International Spy Museum. We appreciate your review. Throughout each month, there are educational programs and workshops that you may be interested in attending. Featuring real spies, they talk about their experience and sometimes even teach you a few cool tricks. Let us know how they work... More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

In absolute it's interesting and the james-bond section is probably the most interactive (even if get disconected with "real-life"). kids will probably be fascinated by the place... but 20$ that's a bit too much...

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

Hello Agent, Interesting indeed! We appreciate your review of the International Spy Museum. Our mission is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide an understanding of its impact on current and historic events. What's fact, and what's fiction? In the Exquisitely Evil: James Bond exhibit, you will definitely find out. There is truth to... More

Mississauga, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We had so much fun at the Spy Museum in Washington DC. It was a great mix of artifacts/museum like displays, interactive and multimedia. It was so interesting to look through displays of weapons, listening devices, disguises etc. My husband love the videos of ex 'spies' who shared true life experiences. Logging in with an alias and being asked interactive... More

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

Thank you for your review of the International Spy Museum. I see you and your family enjoyed yourselves. The videos around the museum, which your husband loved, were filmed by agents who are willing to discuss real accounts of what they experienced. These videos can be seen no where else. Also, throughout the year, the museum has programs and workshops... More

Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I had heard really good things about this Museum and was really looking forward to it. Unlike most museums in Washington it wasn't free ... Around $22 per person. We arrived and were put in an elevator and taken up to a room where we were asked to choose an identity for our visit. I thought, this sounds interesting ...... More

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

Covers and Legends! This exhibit is the first one of many that is interactive. We challenge our guests to act like a real spy by memorizing the details of a new secret identity. Once our guests pass this point, they may be tested throughout their visit within in the museum. We have 2 different computer stations, and 1 of our... More

London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect from this place, but it was fun and really informative. There is lots of information on the different gadgets and gizmos on being a spy, plus lots of interactive screens to play with. This is especially attractive if you have kids. There was also a great exhibit on Bond baddies - a must for... More

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

Thank you for your review of the International Spy Museum. In our exhibit titled School for Spies, you found yourself surrounded by over 200 spy gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, and more. Did you learn about all the stories behind the spy-craft? Were you able to test your skills of observation, analysis, surveillance, and disguise at one of our interactive stations?... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

One of the few museums in Washington that one must pay for but well worth the price. The children (3 boys) loved it. Very instructive and great fun.

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

Thank you for your review. Your visit seemed to be amazing for the entire family. That's great! How old are your boys? Are they below the age of 12? If so, and they loved the museum, they'll definitely love the family mission, which comes complimentary with one's ticket. It's like a scavenger hunt around the museum. Now that they have... More

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