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International Spy Museum

Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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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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International Spy Museum

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I have taken each of my daughters there during the year they turn 10. It is one of the things they enjoying going to, seeing and doing. Like me, they are hands-on learners and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
OlyMur
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I have taken each of my daughters there during the year they turn 10. It is one of the things they enjoying going to, seeing and doing. Like me, they are hands-on learners and this museum keeps their attention. They have all found it "fascinating" (their words). Honestly, it is no more expensive than going to a WonderWorks or some... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We really didn't know what to expect as we didn't do much research on this museum. We thought we would learn about some spies and their lifestyle. When you arrive, you choose a new identity and watch an orientation type video. You do learn about tools and gadgets spies have used, famous people turned spies, etc.. The museum did a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

In our family, when our children turn 12, they get to choose where they would like to go for a day trip. Our son chose the International Spy Museum. We had a great time! You definitely have to do the Operation Spy Challenge! That's not included in the basic museum ticket. We made our reservations for a specific time. We... More 

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Palm Springs
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We went in February on a weekday and it was still hard to enjoy this museum. If you are going to go make sure you are there the minute it opens. The displays are just OK and there is not excellent video production like you start to expect in all of the museums in DC. We went to 90% of... More 

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

Thank you for choosing to visit the Spy Museum, especially after visiting so many other worthy attractions like the Smithsonian and Newseum. We regret you did not enjoy seeing the over 140 real-spy artifacts, such as a letter written by George Washington recruiting a spy or the many videos interviewing real spies. My favorite is the My Bond Moment theater,... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a fun concept. And some of it is well done. It does require lots of reading, so littler kids lose interest pretty quickly. There isn't a lot to do or see that doesn't require reading. For the museum goer that loves to stroll slowly through lots of interesting plaques and displays that include fascinating historical stories and photos... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I thought that this would be a bit naff! It was amazing and I would definitely want to go back. There is so much to do inside the building. Worth every penny. I would love to become a spy but I am not sure I am spy material!!!! Good to pretend though 😃

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

Thanks for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your recent visit. We try to educate the public about espionage in an exciting and engaging way. We hope you'll spy with us again soon! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you are looking for something exciting to do in DC on a rainy, hot, or snowy day. Come here. It was my second visit and I had a good time. Nothing changed too much since 2013 but the 007 Bond exhibit was fun and new. Great for all ages. I first came with my parents then again recently with... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge an admission fee. We strive to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way. We hope you'll spy with us again! More 

Lincoln, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The museum experience starts out strong. You pick a secret identity and are told to memorize the details. You then watch an introductory video. The displays shown immediately after the video are pretty cool and the ductwork that you can climb through is kinda fun as well. But for the most part, the experience deteriorates after that. The identity that... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We regret that your experience was not what you expected. We strive to educate the public about espionage in a way that's engaging for guests of all ages. The Bond exhibit, is a special exhibition, created in partnership with Eon productions, celebrating the 50th anniversary of James Bond. There are real life artifacts throughout that exhibit... More 

Orlando, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My teen daughter was told by a friend that she must visit this place, and she picked it as #1 on her list. Its really expensive, and a huge tourist trap, complete with a really expensive gift shop and determined museum guards hounding your every step to make sure you don't take a picture of your kid in their establishment.... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We regret that your experience wasn't what you expected. We strive to educate the public about espionage in a way that's approachable and engaging for guests of all ages. We also have a fully interactive experience, Operation Spy, where you take on the role of an intelligence officer and try to solve a case, based on... More 

New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

You're in Washington DC, home of the Smithsonian Institution with 18 FREE museums of amazing quality, why would you go to the International Spy Museum? Anyone who has ever watched the History or Discovery channels, or even paid a little attention to classes in school would find this place extremely boring. There are a few small exhibits that cover spying... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Spy Museum. We sincerely regret that you did not enjoy your spy experience, did you have a chance to discuss your visit with guest services staff before leaving? We want to make sure all "agents" leave their "mission" successfully. I agree, so many stories and information are available on the internet. One of my favorites... More 

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