International Spy Museum, Washington DC

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Boasting a collection of spy memorabilia thought to be the most extensive in the world, International Spy Museum narrates the history of espionage and explains its role in contemporary world affairs. Begin your mission by adopting a cover identity in the introductory section of the museum, designed to familiarize visitors with the real world of espionage. Learn about the many skills essential for every successful spy mission and find out what leads people into the dangerous world of international espionage by visiting the museum's school for spies. Don't leave before exploring an interactive exhibit hosting a movie-style spy simulation, in which participants attempt to stop a secret arms deal involving a nuclear trigger. Arrange your visit to International Spy Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC trip itinerary site.
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  • You have to arrive exactly on time for your timed tickets. If you arrive even 1 minute early they won’t let you stand on line, and if you’re more than 15 mins late they may not let you in. You’re...  more »
  • This was one of the few museums open 3/2021 bc of the pandemic so we went. LOTS of information, sometimes a bit overwhelming but generally we enjoyed ourselves and took away new information. At check....  more »
  • Brand new museum with new technology that makes the experience very entertaining. You can participate by assuming a spy identity and test your spy skills along the way, or just enjoy the exhibits. It is my favorite museum in DC. I have been there twice and still have not seen all the exhibits. This is not pretend spy movie stuff. It is actual history. Highly recommended!
  • The Spy Museum is so much fun! Staff is very friendly and helpful. Definitely allow 3-4 hrs to go through and watch all the short films throughout the different sections of the museum. Lots of street parking but could fill up quickly so allow a few extra minutes if driving.

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