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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.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 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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Reviewed October 11, 2015

This has got to be one of the best things we did in Washington D.C! We did one of the spy missions, it was beyond cool! A really realistic experience, lots of interaction, stimulated rooms with special effects, and computers. The exhibits are also really...More

Thank Grandzzi
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Thanks for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed "getting your spy on" with us! We make it our goal to educate guests about espionage in a hands-on way. Congratulations on making it out of Khandar alive and saving the world! We hope you'll...More

Reviewed October 10, 2015

Was so glad I had the opportunity to tour this museum on this visit. $23 for basic self tour. You can take as long as you want. Superb exhibits and interesting for all ages. Wonderful gift shop.More

Thank peacesign1967
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Thanks for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed spying with us! Our mission is to educate guests about espionage in a unique way. Were you able to try your hand at cracking the Enigma code? Did you have your "Bond moment"? We hope...More

Reviewed October 10, 2015

This exhibit takes longer than I thought it would. Lots of information and interactive stuff. The James Bond exhibit is lots of fun if you're a fan. Try to pick a day of the week or time frame during the day when it's not so...More

Thank RedHeadDo
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Thanks for sharing your intel! We are so glad you enjoyed spying with us. We do indeed have one of the world's largest collections of spy artifacts on display to the public, so there's definitely lots of history to uncover. We generally recommend visiting between...More

Reviewed October 9, 2015

One of the best kept secrets in D.C.. Everything related to spying and espionage acquired in one location. You view and learn about the history of spying, the famous people involved over the years, the hardware used in the profession, items used in James Bond...More

Thank Ernie K
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Thanks for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed the museum! As you pointed out, our goal is to educate guests about espionage in a hands-on way. Our 007 exhibit is a special exhibition in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film franchise....More

Reviewed October 7, 2015

Spent more time there thanI expected to. There is a lot of very interesting things to look at and a lot of history to see. I would say it is one of the more interesting museums in DCMore

Thank leighnrogTopeka_KS
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Thanks for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed spying with us! We strive to offer guests a unique museum experience through our engaging interactives and artifacts. In order to learn about spy tradecraft, one must try being a spy for themselves! We hope...More

Reviewed October 7, 2015

If you've got any interest in the Bond movies, spy tradecraft or the tools & methods they use this museum wont disappoint. When you enter you assume a cover story and are grilled on it at various points through the museum, very smart way to...More

Thank Chris_AustraliaNZ
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Hello Agent C, In the International Spy Museum we have fictional real life Spy material. Our museum mission is to educate our guests about the all but invisible world of espionage. A must see on your museum mission is the "My Bond Moment" exhibit. This...More

Reviewed October 7, 2015

Saw a lot of people complain about the price, and it is a bit overpriced so we used a groupon. The lay out is a little confusing, but i considered it a nice challenge to find my way through the spy maze. I enjoy the...More

Thank Wasabi18141
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2015

Agent W, I noticed in your debriefing that you mentioned the International Spy Museum had several interesting interactives. Did you also know that the museum drew upon the knowledge of leading experts and practitioners in the Intelligence Community to help bring to life the strategies...More

Reviewed October 6, 2015

With so many other museums the International Spy Museum charges too much for too little. Half of the museum deals with 007 which doesn't make since because it goes from factual stories to 007. I'm not a fan of 007.More

Thank Cipriano G
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2015

Thanks for your feedback. We regret that your visit wasn't what you expected. Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge admission in order to maintain our exhibits and educational programs. We have one of the world's largest collections of spy artifacts on...More

Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Started out really cool but quickly fizzled out. We had 5 people and it cost over $100 to enter. Halfway through the museum we started just trying to find the exit. If you are really into spy stuff I guess it's okay, but not for...More

1  Thank Lori A
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2015

Thank you for your feedback. We regret that your museum visit wasn't what you expected. Since we don't receive government funding, we have to charge admission in order to maintain our exhibits. As you pointed out, our museum has one of the world's largest collections...More

Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is a nice museum that is reasonably priced. We went with two teens and a 9 year old who really enjoyed their time here. Plenty to see and lots of interactive bits. Great way to spend 2-3 hours.More

Thank Amanda4471
SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2015

Thanks for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your museum visit. We strive to bring the history of espionage to life for our guests. My personal favorite interactive activity is the air duct in our School for Spies area. Guests can crawl through...More

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dolphinchicks
What time of day would be best for this museum? AM or PM? Wondering when it might be less crowded...
June 13, 2017|
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Response from rosy l | Reviewed this property |
We went in the morning. The Musem was crowded, but it didn't get in the way of viewing the exhibits.
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Carole517
How much time should we plan on staying at the museum. Also the outdoor spy experience! IHas anyone done it and if with two adults will an 8 and 11 year old have fun
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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Rachael D
About how long does it take to walk through and see everything?
April 16, 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Thanks to all agents who responded. We generally recommend about 2 hours to visit the museum. Operation Spy and Spy in the City take about 1 hour each. Tickets are good for the entire day once purchased, so guests can enter... More
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