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International Spy Museum

800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202-393-7798
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #76 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It was so overcrowded that we could barely move. We left early and so did several other people that we ran into since it was so difficult to enjoy the small space with so many other people. Looked like some cool exhibits, if only we could have seen them.

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

8 year old and 16 year old enjoyed the museum. They got frustrated with the crowds and kind of rushed along past some of the exhibits. I wish they would change the elevator entrance. The cost is a bit expensive. I would suggest purchasing tickets online before you go. Will save you some time in line. Not a place we... More

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San Mateo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours at the Spy Museum over Spring Break and had a nice time. The line was long - about a 40 minute wait. There is a fair amount of spy history that was interesting for the older audience and a fun Bond Villain exhibit. Our 8-year old twins had fun, but it would have been... More

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Spring, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a fun and interactive museum for young adults and adults. Kids can enter the museum, but may not appreciate the espionage games that are offered. Myself and a friend did a general admission tour. Before you begin the tour, you learn a cover profile to be given at a point during the tour. If you are successful in... More

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San Mateo, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Spy Museum with our eight year old twins. There's cool stuff for both adults and kids to see. Unfortunately, our children were too young to do "Operation Spy" where the kids can do a "mission". The crowd during spring break was surprising because the museum is not cheap. The museum does a decent job... More

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

Thank you for spying on us! As a family, we’re glad you enjoyed your visit with the twins. Agents like you have made similar comments and the Education team recently created a family mission aimed at our younger guests. Families will be able to put their spy skills to the test during this fun scavenger hunt around the museum. Start... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The museum was fun for sure but pricey. 80 dollars for a family of four...we have a ten and twelve year old...The lobby was an advertisement for The Americans TV show and the newest James Bond movie which you had to partake in as there was a crazy line to get in the elevator to start the "tour." Not worth... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

After waiting for 40 minutes (we were told it was a 10-15 minute wait) in a line that moved at a snail's pace we were taken by elevator (supposed to be an amazing elevator ride) to a small room. By the way there was noting amazing about the ride. Then we walked through a series of small room that were... More

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

Hello Thank you for providing your feedback and visiting the International Spy museum. Even though we regulate the number of guests that come through the Museum each hour, it can get crowded during peak touring times. Because we do monitor the number of guests we allow in to the museum there may at times be ticket purchase and ticket holders... More

Hue
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loads to see and do. Great for little kids, and really interesting for big kids too. Well laid out. Fascinating facts and displays. Good value for money as well,

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

We are happy you had a successful mission at the Spy Museum. Our goal was to offer something for all audiences and create an engaging and interactive environment. Thank you for visiting and we hope to spy on you again soon. More

Atlanta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We were very disappointed with this place. First off, very crowded. Management will blame spring break, etc. but if you're selling timed tickets, you're in charge of how many folks you let in and when. No excuse for this. When you enter you're herded into a small lobby, where they really want to pack you in. One employee is designated... More

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

We appreciate your input and truly regret you had a less then enjoyable visit. We want to address all unhappy experiences and ask guests to inform any staff member before leaving the Museum. Please know we do limit the number of guests in the exhibition to prevent crowding and when we are busy, lines may form in the lobby se... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting exhibits for adults and maybe older teens- not too interesting for younger kids. It was so crowded during the spring break week that we had a hard time really appreciating everything there due to the crowd level.

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

Thank you for spying on us! We are glad you liked the Museum despite the peak touring season of spring break. We have heard similar comments from guests like you and our Education team recently created a family guide aimed at our younger guests. Some of the interactives are also fun for young children, such as Spy vs. Spy and... More

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