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International Spy Museum

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Address: 800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
Phone Number: +1 202-393-7798
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Loads of fun, but go early!!

Purchase your tickets online and make plans to go as early as possible. We went for the 10 AM and it was almost perfect. By the time we left, there was a long line inside and out... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Moody, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our second visit to this museum. My oldest had not been before. This is such a great museum for all ages. Takes you through the different ages of espionage. Very informative! Also has an exhibit to all the Bond movie villains. Would highly recommend if you like this kinda stuff!

Thank LeeG62
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Purchase your tickets online and make plans to go as early as possible. We went for the 10 AM and it was almost perfect. By the time we left, there was a long line inside and out on the street. Unfortunately, a member of our party was in a wheelchair due to a broken foot. The staff members really went... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although the Smithsonian's are amazing museums (and free), if you had a little extra time and money while in D.C. I highly recommend visiting the International Spy Museum. Not only is it enthralling with its interactive qualities but it is one of the most informative and interesting museums I have ever been to. It makes you wish you were a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had no idea what to expect but it turned out to be an excellent 3 hours. They have some activities aimed at (I'm guessing) 8-14 years olds. I'm thanks fully past that stage so was able to look at this from an adults perspective. The museum covers from ancient espionage through to the Berlin wall and post cold war.... More 

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Well written history and great selection of artifacts for adults. Our fifth grader's favorite part was the section on codes and code breakers. Our second grader liked climbing through the vent but overall found the first sections quite scary. TIP: after you come up the elevator, skip the introductory movie if you have young children. They will see very strong... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Interesting museum. A little pricey considering all of the free competition, though. Advance reservations are a must (the wait was three hours without reservations)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I took my 11 year old son here for the day. Probably his favorite activity over a 3-day weekend in DC. Lots of interactive exhibits. From memorizing the details of your cover, to detonating a bomb, to solving puzzles - it was never boring. We got through in about an hour and a half (not including gift shop time). Well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, I had a great time at this museum. The museum had a large collection of different tools/artifacts used throughout the history of espionage. The tour will start with an elevator ride up to the top floor, where you are instructed to pick a new code name/cover story from one of the samples provided, which will be your identity throughout... More 

Thank Dash D
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pretty cool experience, and one of the few things I could truly get my son excited about. Pretty good bang for the buck as well. I totally understand why James Bond stuff is included, but I thought it was a bit heavy handed.

Thank Newtzlaw
North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's really more of a kid-centric place than a true museum. But once you get past the kid stuff, there are a few interesting items, but still, I found the whole experience like eating cellary. Kept me occupied but didn't enrich me much. Unless you have children interested in seeing the exhibit (more than a real museum), I'd save your... More 

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