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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 #77 of 249 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Joyful? Perhaps, yet sooner enlightening. Having walked through numerous halls opening the real history of espionage, you get to know what really stands behind "being a spy". Many of us suppose that spying is all about technology. Partly, it's right - in ISM a vast range of special devices and mechanisms is shown to you. That is something to see.... More

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Glyndon, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I have been to DC several times but never made it to the Spy Museum! I'm so glad that I finally made it here! Also, it was worth the extra money to do the spy experience and this museum has a large gift shop!

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Orange County, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My two boys (13/15) were most excited to visit the Spy Museum on our trip to DC. This was the first thing we did upon our arrival into the city. We opted to purchase tickets to the museum and Operation Spy. Overall this was just an ok experience. Operation Spy wasn't as hands on as the kids were hoping. It... More

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Spy museum was a great mix of historical information about espionage and cool spy gadgets like the Aston Martin DB 5 from James Bond. One of my favorite attractions in DC>

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

As a kid I was obsessed with spies and loved pretending I was a spy, spying on the neighbors, and reading books about real and fictional spies. I'm now in my 20s and decided to spend my extra day in DC visiting the spy museum. I showed my SmartTrip card to get $7 off admission. I had read reviews on... More

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Laurel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I decided to take my best friend here with me for a birthday party and we had a blast. I kept it a surprise from her and she was so excited when once we started getting briefed for the "mission". You go through this entire process of decoding a mission and then exciting turns of events keep going. It's almost... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went here with a group of friends and had a good time. It was a saturday and the place was packed so we had to wait for quite awhile which wasnt my favorite. I feel like they should limit how many people go in because all of the exhibits were packed. That being said, the exhibits were great and... More

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We LOVED this. One of the best parts of our trips. We arrived about 90 minutes before closing and gentleman at desk warned us most people take 2 hours to tour the museum. We said this was fine. Loved the exhibits and the movie at the beginning was interesting. The final exhibit before entering the gift shop was my favorite-... More

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Westmont, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We took our two kids (11 and 19) and we all had a great time. We started with the extra "Operation Spy" where you and a group of like minded neophytes are charged with saving the world by undermining a middle eastern group of bad people who want to sell bad stuff to other bad people. It was well conceived,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The museum has a lot of good exhibits, especially on the cold war era... It also has a nice gift shop.

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