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“Quite an Adventure” 4 of 5 stars
Review of International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum
800 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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International Spy Museum
Ranked #74 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Driving
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Richmond, VA
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“Quite an Adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

My boyfriend and I roamed into the International Spy Museum while on a weekend trip to DC. It was was late, and the regular exhibits were closed. We were disappointed, but decided to try out Spy at Night. Jackpot! We had such a good time, and became totally immersed in this hour-long interactive experience where you take on the role of an intelligence officer working in the field. This would be a great activity for a family, group of friends , or even as a team-building activity because learning to work together is necessary to complete the mission. Sorry if I'm being kind of vague, I just don't want to give away too many details. Fun times!

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“The use of exadurated sound, colors...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2010 via mobile

The use of exadurated sound, colors, dramatic voices all contributed to being and feeling sesationalized. I walked away not sure of the truth or reality of what I viewed. It would not be high on my must see list for DC visitors.

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“Half fun, half not so much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

I was really looking forward to this experience, and it did mostly live up to my expectations. We did as suggested and participated in the "Operation Spy" before going through the museum. That was one hour of a really fun time. You pretend to be on a spy mission in some made up country and have to observe and participate is solving the case. Very enjoyable. I now wish we had done it after going through the museum, which was a bit of a let down after such excitement. There were many exhibits, and if you were really into the whole spy, or James Bond thing, you might want to take the time to look at it all. It has potential, and many of the exhibits are interactive, but you can only look at mini cameras so many times. Bottom line, Operation Spy well worth the time and money, but don't take small children throught the museum, because they will not have a clue.

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“Spies among us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

This was a fun surprise for us Washingtonians. We are used to the Smithsonian, which are all free, like the recently revamped Museum of American History, which is also wonderful. So the $18 admission was a turn off. We spent 5 hours on a hot day and would like to have spent even longer. We took a food break across the street at Gordon Biersch, as the in-house cafe was unappealing. You just leave and show your ticket when you go back.
One of the highlights was the Rosenbergs, who were American nuclear spies for the Soviets and were executed. I remember there were doubts at the time about their guilt. Well, the museum put the contemporary accounts together with intercepted Soviet communications, which did not get declassified until much later (called Verona) because it would have given away too much about our spies. No doubt anymore.
There was good coverage of CIA mole Aldrich Ames, but I didn't see anything about Valerie Plame.
There were some WOW's like the secret tunnel we dug under the Berlin Wall, and James Bond's Aston Martin with the machine guns behind the lights.
And did you know Ben Franklin was responsible for getting the Hessians (who fought for the Brits) out of the Revolutionary War?

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Sarasota, Florida
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“Save your money. One third computer exhibits do not work”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

Seems that no one is taking care of fixing the exhibits that have computer or monitor. There is a flat screen on the 3rd room that was pitch black, only sound came from it, for over an hour.

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