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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This museum presents a good mixture of real history and pop culture. You are given a cover ID and the chance to test your spy skills at interactive displays throughout the museum. The museum layout is quite narrow so it can get crowded especially in the more popular exhibits. There is a lot of reading so I would not recommend... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A bit pricey but the overall experience was worth it. Learned some interesting facts! I went back in 2011.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was the one place my 10 year old son was super excited to visit. We did the spy in the city scavenger hunt which would have been more fun if I wasn't so directionally challenged! We really enjoyed looking for clues even though it took longer than we expected. By the time we got back to the museum we... More

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Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Much bigger than expected. DON'T MISS "OPERATION SPY" especially with kids. Fun unique group activity that should not be missed.

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Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There are some very cool things to see in this museum, but I don't know if it was worth the price tag. It was very crowded and there were a lot of kids, so I think this would be a good activity to take younger travelers to, but as a 31 year old it wasn't my favorite.

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CARMEL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We got there on a Saturday morning shortly after it opened and only had a short wait- longer lines when we left. We enjoyed the museum and thought it was well done. We would recommend it but maybe not for younger kids- lots of reading at exhibits so should be good readers.

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Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Took a 13 yr old girl here and it was a lot of fun. We enjoyed all the interactive exhibits, the James Bond area, and all the spy gadgets. Would highly recommend this musem.

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Belding, Michigan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The museum itself was nice. They had information about spies and the equipoment they used. Also, there were a lot of James Bond props that were nice. The only downside was that it was to crowded to enjoy the museum fully.

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Indianapolis
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My two teenagers, husband, and I just got back from a long weekend in DC. We were really looking forward to the museum, but it ended up not being a favorite of ours. When we first went in, we were told to assume an identity. We did, but we never did anything with it during the tour. After reading when... More

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Miami
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a fun interactive museum for older kids and adults. It features a lot of gadgets, pictures, interviews, and activities for all ages. We went during the summer on a week day towards the end of the day and it wasn't too crowded. The kids (10 and 15) enjoyed it a lot.

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