I read mixed reviews on this museum and concluded it would be a good choice for my 10 year son. It sounded like it was geared for his age group and I was wrong. We went as early as possible and it was way too crowded to be enjoyable. People were pushing and shoving to get to exhibits. Someone even coughed in my face and got the reaction she was looking for, I quickly stepped away from the exhibit I was trying to study. You are forced to wait in a long line to load one group at a time into a elevator to gain entrance to the upper level where the museum starts. It may be a way to attempt to control the flow of people but it does not work. Also, in case you are claustrophobic, be advised you will be packed into the elevator like sardines. I stepped out of line and asked to use the steps; the attendant gave me a hard time but there was no way I was heading into that elevator.
Some of the exhibits had very interesting facts about the history of spying from the little bit I was able to read and take in one movie in a side room. There are minimal hands on activities for children. The most exciting action was crawling through an air duct and trying not to trigger a sensor or your cover was 'blown'. Overall, it was very disappointing especially after spending $58 to gain entrance. Knowing there are tons of free museums in Wash D.C. I regretted my choice. After wasting 2 hours there fighting through the hoards, we went across the street to the Smithsonian Photograhpy Art Museum. Very beautiful museum with much to offer visually - worth a stop in.
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