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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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Fun little place to visit

I enjoyed this Museum, like many in DC it is very family friendly, and had a decent wait to get in. It is not free, but was worth the fee. I would love to go back for one of their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reading, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of our 3 days of touring Washington DC. This was the top pick for our 11 year old grandson and 9 year old granddaughter, but we saved it for our last day and glad we did! This museum has something for everyone - all ages will enjoy the interactive features and information to be learned about... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this Museum, like many in DC it is very family friendly, and had a decent wait to get in. It is not free, but was worth the fee. I would love to go back for one of their special events.

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I know there are a ton of free museums, so you ask why would you pay to go to one? This place was great. It starts with a walk past James Bond's car and movies. Then you get to assume and identify and memorize the facts about that person and you will be asked to recall your identity later on... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I have wanted to go for years and I was not disappointed. Very interactive, well laid out. We were probably there for 2.5 hours and could have stayed even longer. Your ticket allows you to come back if you missed something!

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Mass
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My 11 year old daughter really wanted to see this museum but I had my doubts. Arrived at 915 am with ticket in hand and did not have to wait. Engaging game of assuming a spy identity was a good start. There are lots of interactive exhibits. The historical info about spies and devices was really intriguing. The James Bond... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Not much of a Spy fan but my friend loved it. I wasn't so sure about the price to begin with but as we began to look around I thought it was worth it. It felt really interactive to begin with and I totally forgot my mission! Should probably noted when we went it was very empty so we got... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We are so glad your recent mission with us was a success! We strive to offer the public a chance to learn about " the secret history of history" in an interactive and engaging way. We hope you'll spy with us again soon! More 

Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The history of the spy business was more than I ever thought. Going back to ancient times, right up through the American revolution and of course the 007 era. Cost wasn't horrible but wasn't free like most of the DC museums.

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

Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your recent visit! Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge admission in order to maintain the exhibits. We strive to educate guests about espionage in a way that's entertaining as well educational. We hope you'll spy with us again soon! More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This museum was excellent. They had things for all ages (not just kids) and the way it was set out was great. I loved how everything was presented and how I could interact with different exhibits along the way. Well worth a visit if you are in DC

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

Thanks for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your museum visit! The museum strives to educate guests about espionage in a way that's immersive and engaging. We hope you'll join us for another successful mission soon! More 

Ottawa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Initially, I suspected this museum (which is private and charges admission) would be somewhat hokey; but, I couldn't resist. Parts of it are a little hokey; but...they are blending the spies of Hollywood and the real life ones. It is actually both entertaining an educational. They do have excellent displays of actual artifacts, and I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your recent visit with us! We do our utmost to educate the public about spying in a way that's unique and engaging. We hope you'll join us for another mission again soon! More 

Connecticut
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125 reviews 125 reviews
35 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Our family of four, with two kids ages 9 and 12, had a great time here. We spent almost three hours roaming. We were very lucky that our spring break was a week later than many surrounding states, so it was not at all crowded. I imagine we wouldn't have enjoyed it as much were it crowded. For us it... More 

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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 visit with us! We make it our mission to educate the public about espionage in an engaging and fun way for the whole family. We hope you'll spy with us again soon! More 

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