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International Spy Museum Washington

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International Spy Museum
800 F ST NW
Washington
DC
20004
Tel: 202 393 7798

Directions

Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red, Yellow and Green Lines.

Where are we going today?

Whether it’s the challenge of cracking secret codes, developing a disguise for cover, children and families will find an amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions to enhance their tradecraft skills. Meet real "spies," go on missions, discover the ground truth from experts, and find out if you have what it takes to be a spy!

The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002.It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. The Spy museum is a must-see for the curious family.

Exhibitions range from the baldy educational to Bond Villainesque whimsy so there's something for all approaches. They also offer Spy City tours to show you the local geography behind some significant plots.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20.95
  • Children$14.95
  • Free Under: 6 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Generally open 10am to 6pm. During the popular holiday weekends, they have extended hours.

Teachers corner

Educational programs & Educator Resources available via our website.

I'm Hungry!

Spy City Cafe, Zola restaurant, Zola Wine and Kitchen, Potenza, Private Dining, Catering..

Any Top Tips?

Advance tickets are recommended on weekends and holidays. Purchase tickets online.

Can I get one of those?

Check out the Spy Retail store !.

What people are saying?

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    You start the experience watching a few minutes from a 007 movie, then take an elevator to a room where you're asked to assume an alias (your spy identity). Then you proceed to exhibits showing spy gadgets (modern and historical), with a few interactive displays.
    So far, so good.
    But as you go along, the displays have less substance and more fluff.
    Then you get to the end of that floor, and proceed down to a floor with mostly 007 exhibits. And really, not much substance.
    All this, for $22 (adult). We thought $15 would have been a more appropriate...Read More

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    Lived in the DC area my entire life and only stepped foot in the International Spy Museum this past weekend. Unlike the Smithsonian museums in DC, this museum has an admission fee of $21.95 for adults, a bit pricey given the other free museums in the area. However, you certainly get your money's worth.

    This museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. After purchasing tickets, you'll be led to the Introduction to Bond Villains exhibit, where you'll see the famous Jaguar XKR driven by...Read More

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    If you are a James Bond fan you should definitely go here. It was an interesting museum and there are spy challenges to complete as you walk around. You will need at least a couple of hours here, more if you do one of their special packages. When I left I felt like I was being spied on for weeks after! It's scary what spy inventions are out there which you wouldn't even think about! The gift shop was actually quite fun too, as far as gift shops go.

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    Bezt ever! real life simulations and spy tech were awesum

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    Place is clean and well organized. Some interesting Bond movie memorabilia for 007 aficionados but not worth price...$15/adult would make it better value.

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by Ed Friese

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You start the experience watching a few minutes from a 007 movie, then take an elevator to a room where you're asked to assume an alias (your spy identity). Then you proceed to exhibits showing spy gadgets (modern and historical), with a few interactive displays.
So far, so good.
But as you go along, the displays have less substance and more fluff.
Then you get to the end of that floor, and proceed down to a floor with mostly 007 exhibits. And really, not much substance.
All this, for $22 (adult). We thought $15 would have been a more appropriate price, but even then, it's not a cheap museum (given that the Smithsonian museums are free, as well as most of the Government tours/building).

by Alice Wang

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Lived in the DC area my entire life and only stepped foot in the International Spy Museum this past weekend. Unlike the Smithsonian museums in DC, this museum has an admission fee of $21.95 for adults, a bit pricey given the other free museums in the area. However, you certainly get your money's worth.

This museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. After purchasing tickets, you'll be led to the Introduction to Bond Villains exhibit, where you'll see the famous Jaguar XKR driven by the villain Zao in Die Another Day. Then, you'll take an elevator to the 3rd floor where you assume a cover identity (Cover and Legends) for the rest of your time in the museum before proceeding into the briefing film.

After this film, you'll enter the School of Spies exhibit. This exhibit introduces the tradecraft of espionage and has 200+ spy gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, and other technologies on display. You can also test your observation, surveillance, and other spy-related skills to see if you have what it takes.

The next exhibit is the Secret History of History. This exhibit chronicles the history of espionage from biblical times to the early 20th century. In this exhibit, it also highlights the roles women played in espionage, with a special portion dedicated to women spies (Sisterhood of Spies). I was surprised by all the spymasters like Queen Elizabeth I, Cardinal Richelieu, George Washington, etc.

The next exhibit was Spies Among Us. This exhibit focused on World War II espionage and explores code-breaking operations. There was even an exhibit on celebrity spies such as baseball player Moe Berg. Then, there's the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit. This exhibit opened in November 2012 to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Bond films, with a focus on Mr. Bond's famous rivals. The last exhibit is the 21st Century, which addressed the challenges (such as cyber) faced today in the intelligence community.

Before you exit the museum, you'll step into the museum gift shop, where there's every kind of espionage-related merchandise possible.

It was a very interesting and educational museum. Very different from the other art-related museums in DC. Although the price tag is a little bit on the steep side, there are lots of exhibits to explore and they do a good job of chronicling the history of espionage. I spent maybe two hours in this museum, so I felt that I had gotten my money's worth out of the experience.

Adults: $21.95
Seniors/military/law enforcement: $15.95
Kids (12 and under): $14.95

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