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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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You'll Want To Be An International Spy

The International Spy Museum was my daughter's choice. We thought the tickets were expensive, and when we went up in an elevator and chose an identity to memorize, we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Oakland, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We brought out two teenagers to one of the few museums in DC where we have to pay. The first thing we noticed was the lobby was very chaotic; they should figure out how to make it easier to stand in the correct line. However, once we got past the lobby, we were engaged and ended up staying for four... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I admit that I was skeptical about this museum. The visit destroyed my skepticism. It is brilliantly designed for youngsters and adults. We spent three hours in the facility and the time passed quickly. You are asked to assume an identity, and at various points you are given instructions or required to demonstrate your cover. Aside from that, the museum... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Full of 007 equipment, a portrait gallery of notorious 'Bond-baddies', Bletchley Park code-crackers, history and fun - definitely a must see if you have youngsters with you. We quite enjoyed it, but it's more of a family destination or for hard-bitten Bond fans.

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233 reviews 233 reviews
15 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The International Spy Museum was my daughter's choice. We thought the tickets were expensive, and when we went up in an elevator and chose an identity to memorize, we were convinced it was going to be cheesy and that we had overpaid. However, the museum was bigger and more interesting and enjoyable than we expected. It wasn't that crowded on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I would truly like to give this museum a higher rating, but I cant for one simple reason. OVERCROWDING!!! There were far to many people in the museum at one time. Not only did this prevent us from being able to enjoy the well laid out exhibits, it also was very hot and stuffy. As far as museums go, I... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Felt that the presentation could have been done better. There was no intro. to the field. At the beginning, it was mostly displays cases with lots of reading required. The hands-on displays were too busy to use. The Bond items at the end were great, but by the time we got to them, we didn't have the time to spend... More 

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

Dear Spy Agent, Thank you for accepting your mission to spy on us. Overall, it sounds like your mission was a success and you enjoyed the Museum. At the start of the mission, we frame up the world of spying with the Briefing Film. My favorite film fact is that DC has the most spies of any city in the... More 

Phillips, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a must for any spy-buffs, James Bond fans or gadget geeks! There are devices you think may have just come on the market...they've been using them for decades! It's an interesting few hours spent and you will learn something. And, leave a little paranoid! ;)

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I am giving them 2 stars instead of only 1 because the employees were very helpful and courteous regarding our tickets. We had purchased them online ahead of time, but ended up arriving late to the museum (way underestimated how long it would take us to get there from the White House). So we only breezed thru, which wasn't too... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the International Spy Museum. We were glad to read that you found the Spy team helpful and you liked all the "cool spy stuff!" We regret you did not have a good retail experience. In the exhibition, we talk about many spy incidents involving Spy traitors such as Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanseen. We present them... More 

Antioch, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I brought our two teenage boys here. They don't know James Bond but they do know other spy movies & books & gadgets, so they enjoyed the visit. We bought tickets to the museum, Operation Spy, and Spy In The City. We all enjoyed Operation Spy. It is interactive but shy people are not forced to come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I toured the Spy Museum about 10 years ago with my family and went again with two of our kids last week. It is one of our fav things in DC. So much to see and read about, you will not believe all there is to learn from the Civil War to the Cold War and beyond. And the new... More 

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