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International Spy Museum

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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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I love this place! You will want to spend several hours here, because there is a lot of material to cover, from pre-revolutionary to present times. Make sure you go and that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Nashville, Tennessee
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The museum contains tons of artifacts and associated descriptions. In addition there are a number of short films. The museum is much larger than it appears from the outside so plan on giving yourself plenty of time if you are a sign reader. I believe we took about 3 hours and that was with us skipping the Bond exhibit entirely.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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661 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I love this place! You will want to spend several hours here, because there is a lot of material to cover, from pre-revolutionary to present times. Make sure you go and that you have adequate time to enjoy it!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I may be biased, I’m a huge fan of James Bond. But if you’re contemplating a visit to a spy museum, the character probably isn’t exactly foreign to you. If I’m correct, I’d highly recommend a visit to the International Spy Museum, where you can enjoy an extraordinary look back at over 50 years of James Bond – from what... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed receiving a fake identity and then taking quizes along the tour to indicate what kind of a spy we would be. Loved seeing all the "gadgets" used in many of the spy movies of the past and seeing how far technology has come over the years. A really amazing museum full of lots of interesting stories and displays... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was more unique than I thought. We got to choose an identity when we started and then get a mission at one of the first computers when we got inside. Then there was loads of history and items to see related to spying and spies. At the last computer we could try to complete the mission. It was quite... More 

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Alberta
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We keep bringing back groups of high school students when we visit DC. The information is just right for their level, especially if they've studied the Cold War era. Younger kids certainly seem to enjoy the opportunities for hands on or interactive activities through out, as do the high school aged ones. If it is busy, it is difficult to... More 

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Buford, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I totally love spy movies and this wasn't all that. Don't recommend for young children, waste of money.

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is not just about James Bond. There are many exhibits and reports about real life spies together with their means of spying. 3 floors of spying from Moses to Washington to Stalin. From the Cold War to WWII spying and the enigma code to James Bond villains. Learn about codes and gadgets. Children should love this museum and... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed an hour of the operation spy program ( really fun and entertaining) followed by a visit to the museum. We enjoyed it very much, but I'd suggest you go as early as possible as it is busy!! Lots to do and see, and we found it fascinating!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After a few Smithsonian museums, my kids (7 & 10) and husband were ready for something a little more "fun." The IMS was it! From the moment you walk in - the elevator ride up through the gift shop of your way out - you feel as if you are part of a secret spy society. We all felt like... More 

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