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International Spy Museum

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International Spy Museum

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Kim G wrote a review Oct 10
Virginia65 contributions2 helpful votes
My 17 year old daughter and I decided to get a ticket on a whim. We had heard good things about the museum but I personally didn’t think you could make a whole museum about spies. You can and they did! ;) Only tix left for the day we’re at 430 and they closed at 6. I would have liked to have spent more time there. It was tough being able to do many of the interactive experiences because if there were typically say 4 in a section, 2 were closed due to social distancing limitations. This also meant people standing and waiting to use next so some we had to skip in order to see everything. I understood the necessity of doing that. It was just disappointing because I don’t think the experience was as complete for us as it typically is and the cost was basically the same as a non-pandemic timeframe. Of course we did arrive late so part of that is on us. I would have loved to see more little movies. And for those they had, it would’ve been really helpful to know when the next one was going to start. I only saw one theater section that did that and there were quite a few spread out throughout the museum. It would’ve been nice if all of them had that instead of just one so we could know when to come back and try to watch. We learned a lot in the short time we had. I was particularly happy about the impression it made on my teenage daughter. So much that we ended up watching the first episode of the Americans at our hotel room that night.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Agents, Thank you for accepting the #SafeAndStealthy mission here at the International Spy Museum! We are pleased to read you both enjoyed your mission. We do offer extended hours during the weekends and holiday seasons. Go to spymuseum.org to check on available timed ticket slots, museum hours and to plan a visit. It is cool to also read that your mission here peaked your daughters interest in the world of espionage! Hope to spy with you again soon! Agent UH Guest Services Director (202)393-7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org
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Sky_Gypsy wrote a review Sep 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia32 contributions7 helpful votes
Great museum !!!!! I really enjoy the spy game that’s awesome. Very informative about spy life too. They practice social distancing and must wear masks inside the building at all times.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from SpyMuseumManager, Manager at International Spy Museum
Responded 3 weeks ago
Greetings Agent Gypsy_Sky, Thank you for visiting the International Spy Museum and taking time to debrief your experience! It sounds like you had a #SafeAndStealthy visit with us. Our top priority is the safety of all staff, guests, and volunteers. We are happy to read that you enjoyed Undercover Mission, an opportunity to step into the shoes of a spy and get tested on different spy skills inside the galleries. We hope to see you again soon! Kia Hunter Operations International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org
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DottyB wrote a review Sep 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania17 contributions
My nephew is a young 11 and I was afraid the museum content would be too advanced for him but thanks to the interactive “secret” identity he was really involved. I love to read mystery and suspense novels and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed learning about real life spies. It was a little too much for us without a break and we ended up skipping the last room or two.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from SpyMuseumManager, Manager at International Spy Museum
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello Agent 809dottyb, We are thrilled to hear about your super fun visit to the International Spy Museum. Our goal is to create an engaging and educational experience for spies of all ages - and it sounds like a mission accomplished! We understand there is a lot to see in the Museum, and so we hope you come back again soon to finish your experience. Thank you for visiting and for your review. Kia Hunter Operations International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org
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Marc P wrote a review Sep 2020
52 contributions21 helpful votes
My wife and I have been looking forward to visiting the International Spy Museum for years. We decided to wait for the new building, and suffice it to say we were very excited to finally pull the trigger and go. We visited on Labor Day 2020, and the museum has gone through a really thorough process of making the building and the experience as safe as possible. There's sanitizer everywhere, the place is immaculate, there's people walking around cleaning all day, you can open the restroom doors with your feet, they time the entry for each group to try to make space, and you have to schedule in advance just to enter. They hand out styluses to use on the touchscreens and have removed several exhibits that just weren't safe in the current climate. They recommend a two-hour visit, but this is woefully inadequate to see everything, I'd estimate you can see about half of everything there in that time frame. We stayed for three hours and still had to skip a lot of it. The content they have is great, it is easy to understand, and is displayed really well for you to learn and enjoy. We only got to use two or three of the interactive touch screen displays around the museum. Most didn't work with the styluses they provided, others were simply not functioning properly, and most were just overrun with the few people that were there waiting. We completely missed this part of the experience. The biggest complaint I have about the museum is that there is a ton of content from 50 to 100 years or more ago; however, there's very very little current content. They cover the big stories like Snowden, the 10 Russian Spies from the early 2000's, and other major news stories. Which is fine. However, their section on Cyber is really inadequate in helping people realize the risks that are posed to them by Nation State spying. Additionally, there are a lot of de-classified tech items for spying and surveillance that exist that have no presence in the museum. All of the actual equipment you can view is very, very old. Would have loved to have seen stuff spies have used in the last 20-40 years. It would also be much cooler if the items on display were more frequently the original equipment instead of replica's. There's very, very few items that are legit items. I'm very curious what is being done with the rest of the building, it feels like the museum could be so much bigger, especially for the price, there are several other floors that I have no idea what they're doing with. All in all, while they're making a strong effort to accommodate COVID, it really made us feel rushed and we didn't get to enjoy everything in the museum like we would have, even when we stayed an hour longer than they wanted us there. The gift shop is pretty big, but pretty disappointing. I realize a gift shop is going to have a lot of really cheap stuff; however, I was hopeful that there might at least be a small section of legit, high quality gear or tech. Just wishful thinking, I suppose.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from SpyMuseumManager, General Manager at International Spy Museum
Responded Sep 11, 2020
Agent Marc, Thank you for visiting the Spy Museum and taking time to write an thorough debrief of your experience. We regret you felt it was not a 5 star visit as that is our goal for every guest. We are glad you found the many safety measuring helpful. We recommend a 2 1/2 hour visit based on the average guest visit time. Yes, you are correct - the stylus can be hard to use on some of the interactives. Our tech team continues to re-calibrate screen sensitivity for best use. Did you not see the many staff in red Spy shirts and volunteers on the exhibition floor? They can help with a troublesome interactive and happily provide a new stylus. We also you are glad you enjoyed the content. 98% of the 1,000 real-spy artifacts on display are original, not replicas. It is tough to get up-to-date spy-stories and artifacts as we have to wait for proper declassification from intelligence agencies. We have several sections devoted to cyber. My favorite cyber story is the 3 professional cyber hackers talking about current hacking issues and the cyber attack simulation. Please feel free to reach out to me at the contact information below. I would like to continue to learn from your visit as we continually update and improve the exhibition based on visitor feedback. I also would welcome having you back as my guests. Michael Kruelle Operations 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org
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Ryan wrote a review Aug 2020
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We told them it was our son's birthday, and they were so kind! They did so much to make him feel special. And they did a fantastic job of adapting the museum to COVID-19 precautions. It was a fantastic experience! Would recommend to absolutely anyone.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Response from SpyMuseumManager, Manager at International Spy Museum
Responded Sep 1, 2020
Greetings Agent Ryan P, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are thrilled that your family spent your son's birthday with us at SPY. Our staff are always looking for fun ways to make our guests feel welcome and it is great to hear it was a mission accomplished! We hope you come back and see us again soon. Kia Hunter Operations International Spy Museum 202.393.7798 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org
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