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International Spy Museum

800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
+1 202-393-7798
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Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“james bond” (718 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
Downtown / Chinatown
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+1 202-393-7798
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We knew nothing about this museum and only went there to fill in some time - and it was fantastic. We spent a few hours going through this museum - the experience is very interactive and fun for all ages. Lots of interesting bits of...More

Thank Sooz7843
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

"There's more to spy than meets the eye!" I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. As you pointed out, we have one the world's largest collections of spy artifacts alongside interactives which help illustrate the tradecraft of espionage. There's definitely a lot one can uncover....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our first stop on our DC trip with an 8 and 9 yo. We used the Explorer Pass which we bought with a Groupon, if you have a few things you want to see it is a good deal. The adults liked all...More

Thank CMAS_Chicago
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Sounds like your museum mission was a success! I'm happy that you and your family enjoyed your visit. As you pointed out, our goal is to educate guests about espionage in a unique way that the whole family can enjoy. I hope you'll "live your...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place was amazing! It started with special effects in the elevator and continued to stimulate with interactive and memory play throughout. Exhibits in the "Spy School" were eye opening and too good - the crowd didn't move along for the next wave because they...More

Thank St_Louis_Susan
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Agent St_Louis_Susan, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read your mission was a success. The Spy Museum has the World's largest collection of Spy artifacts. As you stated we do recommend at least 2 hours to see the museum because...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place was way cooler and larger than I expected. Tons of James Bond film props and even more fascinating spy devices from over the decades. A wonderful, very interactive musem that has become one of my new favorite experiences in DC.More

Thank SavageLand
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Agent SavageLand, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read your mission was a success. All of our Bond fans should keep in mind The Spy Museum will be relocating Spring of next year and this is the last year to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wanted to see this when planning my trip to Washington and wasn't disappointed. I believe they're moving to larger premises in 2019 which wasn't surprising as there's loads of stuff packed in the space. The staff are helpful and the real-life exhibits, including a German...More

Thank Colin S
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Agent Colin S, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read you enjoyed your experience. As you stated, The Spy Museum will be relocating to a larger building spring of 2019. Hope to Spy on you Soon! Tierra Manning Guest Services...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We also did the spy mission. Lots of fun. The museum was interesting...lots to see. It was fairly busy so we didn't do any of the interactive activities on the monitors. Enjoyed the different sections.More

Thank Amanda S
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Agent Amanda S, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read that your mission was a success. We recommend if you can't get to an interactive at that moment to come back to it. Your general admission tickets are valid until...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great place to find out lots of interesting things about the history of surveillance in this country and many others over decades. There are many, many exhibits that include equipment used in covert activities. There are histories of many of the men...More

Thank Teri J
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent Teri J, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read that your mission was a success. The International Spy Museum is a non-profit organization that brings the world of intelligence to life – illuminating how it has changed the course...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We missed this museum in our last DC trip so it got bumped to “high priority” visit. It was a great call to go in. The museum is not that big but there are multiple interactive parts of it that slow down the visit process...More

Thank John V
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent John V, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read that your mission was a success. The Spy Museum mission is to educate the public in an engaging manner. Hope to Spy on you Soon! Tierra Manning Guest Services Operative...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum presents the techniques, history, and fictional depictions of espionage in an entertaining and engaging way. It has more of a feel of an interactive science & technology museum than simply a display of artifacts (but there are nevertheless numerous artifacts shown). This museum...More

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent Piquak P, Thank you for sharing your intel! The International Spy Museum is a non-profit organization that brings the world of intelligence to life. Our mission is to educate the public in an engaging manner, making it fun for all ages. Hope to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was second time to museum part. This time most of the lower level was dedicated to James Bond. This was cool as they blended the fiction with the real life spy tactics Bond was based on. The meh rating is mostly due to the...More

Thank Alan4B
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the museum, but I regret that your mission wasn't what you expected. As you mentioned, Operation Spy is a one hour guided mission where guests take on the role of an intelligence officer and try to solve...More

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jslaikjer
July 6, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi JS, For General Admission, the tickets are good for the rest of the day, so it's not a problem if you arrive after the time stamp. For Operation Spy, however, those tickets are time-sensitive, and we ask all guests to be... More
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dolphinchicks
June 13, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi Agent Dolphin Chicks, As others have mentioned here, we recommend arriving early in order to beat the crowds. I would also recommend buying your tickets online in advance, especially if you want to participate in... More
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Carole517
May 6, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Thanks to all agents who responded. We generally recommend allowing 2 hours to visit the museum. Spy in the City is a separate mission from the museum and takes about 1 hour to complete. It is a GPS guided outdoor scavenger... More
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