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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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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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Did the spy operation. Well worth the extra money. Great museum for kids 12 and older. Very interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2012
BossLady9681
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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Staff was amazing. We came late and we thought our tickets expired. The manager approved us to use them the next day. We came the next day and loved it. Unfortunately, one of our children got food poisoning from the Spy cafe. So as one kid and parent went through the museum the other set enjoyed the clean bathrooms and... More 

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

Hello Thank you for visiting the Internatonal and Thank you for the review about your visit. We open up the spy world in an interesting, fun and educational way. Glad you all had an enjoyable visit. Thank you again and have a Good day! More 

Anaheim, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Went on a lark and really enjoyed this museum. A little cheesy at the beginning, but the stories and displays were very interesting and informative. Got a free fountain drink for filling out their survey. The best part is their bookstore. Great selection of topic books.

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

Hello Pamala G. Thank you for visiting the International Spy Museum and leaving a review about your visit. It is great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Keep Spying and have a Nice day. More 

Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Kids as well as adults will enjoy this exhibit. It encompasses interactive activities for all ages and provides a broad breadth of information from the origins of spying through the development of the spy world tools of trade. Plan for two hours at most as there is a lot of information to read as well as short movie clips to... More 

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

Hello Thank you for your visit and giving a review about your visit. We try to open the Spy world in a fun, educational and interesting way for all our guests. I am glad you enjoyed spying with us. Thank you again and have a nice day. More 

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Did the spy operation. Well worth the extra money. Great museum for kids 12 and older. Very interesting.

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

Hello Agent So you did the Operation Spy and survived to debrief future spies about your mission. I can tell you received an excellent score because your feedback was brief. Do you trust Nadia and Bitar? I have my doubts about those two anyway the Chief sends her regards to you and your team. She told me to tell you... More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

My partner and I recently visited Washington DC and went to the International Spy Museum. It was extremely interesting and offered a good mix of factual information about actual spies as well as a lot of information regarding spying techniques and gadgets. The only issue I had was that it was a bit expensive ($40 for two adults). Having said... More 

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

Hello Thank you for your feedback and for visiting the International Spy Museum. We recommend 1.5 to 2 hours to view the museum. We have over 200 spy artifacts so guests often take longer than the recommended time to view the museum. It is self guided and guests can leave and re-enter with their ticket for that day until closing.... More 

Washington DC
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Every spy device you can think of and some history as well.

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

Hello Thank you for visiting the International Spy Museum. Whats cool about the spy history and spy devices you viewd is that they are all 95% authentic. We offer just 5% spy material that is not real. Keep Spying and remeber "all is not what it seems". More 

Monterrey, Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Very entertaining museum for kids and adults. Our sons liked a lot. And you must visit the museums´ souvenir store. Many spy gadgets !! This museum does have a small fee, but it worth it.

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

Hello Lorena G Thank you and your family for visiting the International Spy Museum. Your feedback about your visit is appreciated. We are glad that your younger spies(code name sons) had a great time spying with us. Tell them to Keep Spying and tou all have a Wonderful summer! More 

North Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I was uncomfortable paying the full admission for my two grandchildren, husband and me. Then I found the value-priced option of watching the movie, meeting a real (retired) spy and getting access to the museum for 2 hours. It was a great value and the 2 hours was perfect for the boys who were most interested in the Spy School... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great if you like gadgets - not much on actual spies.

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

Hello Thank you for visiting and giving feedback about the International Spy Museum. The museum is made up of 95% real spy stories, history and artifacts. We do have 5% pop culture spy material. We offer this spy material in a fun, interesting and educational way. Thank you again for your visit and feedback. Have a Nice day! More 

Lutz, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012 via mobile

Highly recommended by a friend but we felt it was just a crowded walk and read tour, nothing spectacular. With so many free museums and fabulous monuments in DC, we should have saved our money and skipped this.

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

Hello Thank you for taking the time to visit the International Spy Museum and giving feedback about your visit. I agree the DC area offers several really great museums and monuments for guests to visit while in this area. I always encourage visitors to this area to take in as many of these wonderful sites and museums as possible. When... More 

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