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International Spy Museum

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International Spy Museum
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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.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
Downtown / Chinatown
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum suggests at least two hours and this is very true. There is so much to see and read. It’s a spy museum so a lot of small stuff to look at. Get into the feel of the museum, assume an identity, crawl through...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SL421
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm so glad you enjoyed embracing your inner spy with us! As you pointed out, we offer guests an opportunity to learn about espionage in a hands on way. After all, the best way to learn about tradecraft is to try it for yourself. I...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We LOVED the Spy Museum! We were hesitant to spend the $$ at first with all the FREE things to do in DC, but it was well worth the $$!! My boys LOVED it & so did my husband and I. There are so many...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Mission accomplished! I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your visit. We strive to educate guests about espionage in a unique and engaging way. We look forward to welcoming you back for another mission in the future! Until next time... Deny Everything. Meredith Richard...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

The International Spy Museum is the kind of museum you want to take young (>7) people to as it has lots of interactive exhibits and has naturally interesting subjects for youth. One of the best parts for young people is the ability to become an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnH881
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing your intel. I'm so glad you enjoyed the museum! As you said, we generally recommend the museum for ages 7 and up. Our museum features numerous artifacts alongside interactive activities that help illustrate the tradecraft of espionage. For young agents, we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was a surprise as I was originally headed for the National Portrait Gallery, which wouldn't open till 11 am, to my surprise. I walked inside and had no long wait (though on my way out, there was a line out the door). The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Agent Royalvagabond, We're thrilled to hear that your mission was a success! We blend fun and interesting interactives with spy history in an effort to educate the public on the world of espionage. We certainly hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to DC...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a city such as Washington with so many museums and things to see, this place was a disappointment. It's not well-staffed or curated. It's very touristy and is clearly there to grab cash. Save your money.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I regret that your visit wasn't what you expected. Were you able to speak with a staff member before leaving? We always appreciate guest feedback during their visit in order to improve their experience. We have one of the world's largest collections of spy artifacts...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum. I loved the history section, while through kids loved all the interactive gadgets. Through James Bond stuff wasn't as interesting for me, but still a great experience. Go early to beat the crowds.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sightseer38664448465
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Agent Sightseer38664448465, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read that your mission was a success. We do recommend if anyone is looking to dodge crowds to arrive when we first open or 2 hours before closing. We hope to Spy...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I learned about this place on the internet. The staff was friendly and helpful. I went here after work so it only gave me a little over an hour to go through. The lady said that it generally takes people 2 hours and she was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Agent G2961SNchrisr, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to read that your mission was a success. We do recommend at least 2 hours to see the entire Museum, but I am glad to see that you were able to enjoy some...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've wanted to visit this museum the last 2 times I've come to D.C., but didn't have the opportunity. I finally got it and enjoyed the experience. We did the Groupon discount and enjoyed our self-guided tour. My favorite part was learning of the deception...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CatawbaCats
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Services Operative at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Greetings Agent, I’m glad that your mission was a success. The International Spy Museum has the largest collection of espionage artifacts placed on public display. Our mission is to educate the public about espionage and intelligence in an engaging way and to provide a context...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was not bad, a lot of Bond stuff to compare to however the spy adventure was the highlight. I really recommend the spy adventure.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nofalt
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Agent Nofalt, We're so glad to hear that your mission was a success! It is our mission to educate the public on the history of espionage in a fun and engaging way. One way we do that is with our exciting interactive adventures like Operation...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Too crowded. Difficult to look at the exhibits. I would not recommend it. The National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, MD is much better. And it's free!More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your Intel and we are sorry to hear that your mission wasn’t a complete success! Even though our mission is to educate the public on the history of espionage, it can be difficult if you feel rushed or if it is...More

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sjsutphen428
December 5, 2018|
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Response from tkuntz2530 | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure but should say on their website. I did read where they were moving to a new location so you might call and ask both questions, price and when they are moving.
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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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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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StuQ
New York
International Spy Museum (2 Replies)
Hi: Has anyone done the OPERATION SPY activity in the museum? is this geared more towards children than adults? THanks
July 13, 2008|
Response fromwinfieldtake5|
StuQ, look in the "THINGS TO DO" column on this site, and the International Spy Museum is listed there. Click on it and read the many visitors' comments which address the "Operation Spy" activity and their opinions of it.
Master98
Quebec City, Canada
Need help from a city expert !!! (5 Replies)
Dear City Expert, I need some tips to have a greet stay in Washington DC next week-end (choice of hotel and transportation). Arrival at IAD on Saturday October 16 around 11AM Depart from IAD on Tuesday October 19 around 7PM We are a group of 3. We have our tickets for the game between Redskins and Colts on October 17 at 8:20 PM. So we need to find a place to stay. Hotel prices are OK on Saturday and Sunday (approx 160 US including fees in downtown area). But on Monday night,...More
October 11, 2010|
Response fromDarrell6t|
Have you read the very recent discussions about getting to FedEx field? It isn't pretty. And a night game just adds to the misery. Be sure to do a search of this forum on "fedex" and see your options. Without a car I think it is just a long ride on Metro and a mile walk along with thousands of others. Also on this forum you will find dozens of topics about choosing a hotel. And yes, weekends are usually cheaper than weekdays. Supply and demand. For the places you want to visit, the Metro...More
donnacusoon
Saint Louis, Missouri
help with itinerary (4 Replies)
We will be in DC, arriving on a Saturday afternoon and leaving on Thursday morning. I need some help with planning; here is what we would live to do: US Holocaust Museum, Bureau of Engraving, National Archives, International Spy Museum, Momuments and Memorials, US Capital (scheduled tour), White House, and possibly Mt. Vernon. We are staying in Alexandria. Any suggestions would be extremely helpful. Thanks
March 06, 2011|
Response fromDarrell6t|
You make no mention of when you plan to do this, which could make some difference. If it is during peak tourist season you should order advance tickets for the Holocaust Museum and the Spy Museum. (And read the Spy Museum reviews before committing to going there.) You can also get priority scheduling for the Archives to skip the outside line. You will have to apply to your congressional Representative or Senator for a tour of the White House and that should be done 6 months or so ahead of...More