International Spy Museum

★★★★★
Come on in out of the cold into the world's first museum devoted to international espionage
  • 800 F St NW

    Washington, DC 20004

    Cross street: 8th Street NW

    Map & Directions
  • 202-393-7798

About International Spy Museum

Hours
Daily 9am-6pm
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This place is cool. It's all about code breaking and 007 stuff. Plan for at least an hour. I spent two.

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★★★★★

This place is cool. It's all about code breaking and 007 stuff. Plan for at least an hour. I spent two.

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I love James Bond movies and spy stories so the International Spy Museum is my kind of playground. Yes, you have to cough up $18, which is kind of a downer considering you're otherwise surrounded by free and equally cool museums in the

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★★★★★

I love James Bond movies and spy stories so the International Spy Museum is my kind of playground. Yes, you have to cough up $18, which is kind of a downer considering you're otherwise surrounded by free and equally cool museums in the

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A different kind of experience than the Smithsonians. It does have a steep entrance fee but some of the stuff there is really cool. It is in an area of town that has lots of great stuff to do with Chinatown and The Verizon Center right

3
★★★★★

A different kind of experience than the Smithsonians. It does have a steep entrance fee but some of the stuff there is really cool. It is in an area of town that has lots of great stuff to do with Chinatown and The Verizon Center right

Cons: Entrance Fee

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This is a really neat museum that shows all of the spy equipment used throughout history (for intercepting codes in wars, to casual uses). It is hands-on, with a lot of neat computer software to try out. The gift shop sells small spy tools for personal use and a lot of books on the subject matter, which I was inclined to buy one of, and really enjoyed reading it! Their movies are interesting and not in a boring, monotone voice - it really is a great place, with tunnels to go through and a lot of fascinating things to learn. It is quite popular, and gets crowded, so beat the crowds and get there early!!!

5
★★★★★

This is a really neat museum that shows all of the spy equipment used throughout history (for intercepting codes in wars, to casual uses). It is hands-on, with a lot of neat computer software to try out. The gift shop sells small spy tools for personal use and a lot of books on the subject matter, which I was inclined to buy one of, and really enjoyed reading it! Their movies are interesting and not in a boring, monotone voice - it really is a great place, with tunnels to go through and a lot of fascinating things to learn. It is quite popular, and gets crowded, so beat the crowds and get there early!!!

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This is a one of a kind museum, with a lot of information on espionage. The tickets are slight expensive. Of course, they do provide a lot of information and visuals. They can have more sit-down visuals, rather then standing up and reading displays. Its a lot of information for one day.

I recommend this place, but come early and wear good, supportive shoes.

Customers aren't allowed to take pictures inside.

PROS: some visual stuff
CONS: Lots to read, lot of walking, needs to lower ticket prices

4
★★★★☆

This is a one of a kind museum, with a lot of information on espionage. The tickets are slight expensive. Of course, they do provide a lot of information and visuals. They can have more sit-down visuals, rather then standing up and reading displays. Its a lot of information for one day.

I recommend this place, but come early and wear good, supportive shoes.

Customers aren't allowed to take pictures inside.

PROS: some visual stuff
CONS: Lots to read, lot of walking, needs to lower ticket prices

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Well, since September 11th, they're not letting people in for the FBI tour anymore, so the Spy Museum is really the place to get a feel for the history of espionage. Although it could be the most fun museum in the city due to its fascinating contect and level of interactivity, I did not give it five stars because this museum has a serious problem. They have a lack of space. During peak tourist season, it gets so crowded that you can't even make it up to the all the displays without getting shoved around. This would be a problem under most ciccumstances anyways, but the situation is exacerbated by the fact it's one of the few museums in the city where you have to pay an admission fee to get in.

4
★★★★☆

Well, since September 11th, they're not letting people in for the FBI tour anymore, so the Spy Museum is really the place to get a feel for the history of espionage. Although it could be the most fun museum in the city due to its fascinating contect and level of interactivity, I did not give it five stars because this museum has a serious problem. They have a lack of space. During peak tourist season, it gets so crowded that you can't even make it up to the all the displays without getting shoved around. This would be a problem under most ciccumstances anyways, but the situation is exacerbated by the fact it's one of the few museums in the city where you have to pay an admission fee to get in.

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The Spy Museum is one of DC's newest. It really embraces the new trend of interactive museums, featuring a number of computer games you can play, tunnels to climb through, and movie presentations. Besides all that, the subject matter is pretty exciting! The musuem also has a fun gift shop with spy tools for sale and a great book selection. Be sure to reserve tickets, as there is timed entry and the musuem is nearly always full. There's a great cafe attached and some good restaurants nearby as well. Metro accessible.

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★★★★★

The Spy Museum is one of DC's newest. It really embraces the new trend of interactive museums, featuring a number of computer games you can play, tunnels to climb through, and movie presentations. Besides all that, the subject matter is pretty exciting! The musuem also has a fun gift shop with spy tools for sale and a great book selection. Be sure to reserve tickets, as there is timed entry and the musuem is nearly always full. There's a great cafe attached and some good restaurants nearby as well. Metro accessible.

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This museum is a great place to go for a class trip or for a family outing. As part of your time at the museum you take part in a spy role-playing game doing spy things like tapping telephone conversations etc. There is a considerable display of spy gadgetry from all through the ages as well as a particularly interesting part on lock picking. This is a great place to go, I was never bored while I was there!

PROS: Great Museum
CONS: None

5
★★★★★

This museum is a great place to go for a class trip or for a family outing. As part of your time at the museum you take part in a spy role-playing game doing spy things like tapping telephone conversations etc. There is a considerable display of spy gadgetry from all through the ages as well as a particularly interesting part on lock picking. This is a great place to go, I was never bored while I was there!

PROS: Great Museum
CONS: None

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This museum is one of the best museums ever! I went here twice, and both times I had a blast! When you enter the first exhibit, they make you feel like a spy by making you memorize a fake profile. They have all these cool things you can do here, like secretly watch people or listen into their conversation. Not once was I bored here. This is a great place for school and family trips. Just remember, someone is always watching you!!

5
★★★★★

This museum is one of the best museums ever! I went here twice, and both times I had a blast! When you enter the first exhibit, they make you feel like a spy by making you memorize a fake profile. They have all these cool things you can do here, like secretly watch people or listen into their conversation. Not once was I bored here. This is a great place for school and family trips. Just remember, someone is always watching you!!

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I visited the Spy Museum the day they opened. You'll need to go more than once to read everything. Once cool feature is the atomic bomb room, where it counts down to an explosion while displaying the chain of the information leak leading up to the bomb.

5
★★★★★

I visited the Spy Museum the day they opened. You'll need to go more than once to read everything. Once cool feature is the atomic bomb room, where it counts down to an explosion while displaying the chain of the information leak leading up to the bomb.

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At $14 per adult plus and extra $5 for the special exhibit "Enemy Within", some have griped that the International Spy Museum is too expensive. I disagree. This place is worth every last penny... and then some.

As you enter, you are asked to pick a fake persona and memorize your cover. At various intervals you get quizzed and scored on your ability to pull off the ruse. How fun is that? If you're a fuddy dudy, you can skip all that though.

Mainly you will be wandering around on a planned course just oohing and ahhing. Not only do they have displays of various spys and spy implements through the years, they have lots of little short movies showing everywhere. This tour is very informative and eye-opening... not to mention fun!

You can go at your own pace and enter or exit the museum as often as you like the same day if you find it's too much to take in. Do allow several hours for the whole shebang.

There is a Spy Cafe attached outside, and the tour itself ends at a very cool Spy Shop where you can buy everything from t-shirts to high-dollar spying tools.

Do shell out the admittance. You will be glad you did.

PROS: Fun and informative
CONS: pricey, but worth it

5
★★★★★

At $14 per adult plus and extra $5 for the special exhibit "Enemy Within", some have griped that the International Spy Museum is too expensive. I disagree. This place is worth every last penny... and then some.

As you enter, you are asked to pick a fake persona and memorize your cover. At various intervals you get quizzed and scored on your ability to pull off the ruse. How fun is that? If you're a fuddy dudy, you can skip all that though.

Mainly you will be wandering around on a planned course just oohing and ahhing. Not only do they have displays of various spys and spy implements through the years, they have lots of little short movies showing everywhere. This tour is very informative and eye-opening... not to mention fun!

You can go at your own pace and enter or exit the museum as often as you like the same day if you find it's too much to take in. Do allow several hours for the whole shebang.

There is a Spy Cafe attached outside, and the tour itself ends at a very cool Spy Shop where you can buy everything from t-shirts to high-dollar spying tools.

Do shell out the admittance. You will be glad you did.

PROS: Fun and informative
CONS: pricey, but worth it

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The Spy Museum is fantastic! The only caveat is that if you go during high traffic times, be sure to get tickets in advance, as the lines can be a little long. The audio-guided tour and the history of terrorism exhibit amazed me, and the other artifacts and simulations were fantastic. I definitely recommend trying it if you are in the mood for a really cool place. Check it out!

5
★★★★★

The Spy Museum is fantastic! The only caveat is that if you go during high traffic times, be sure to get tickets in advance, as the lines can be a little long. The audio-guided tour and the history of terrorism exhibit amazed me, and the other artifacts and simulations were fantastic. I definitely recommend trying it if you are in the mood for a really cool place. Check it out!

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I know museums can be very boring sometimes, but this museum is amazing. It is pretty large, and is very interesting. I would also recommend getting a year pass if you live in the area, because its $9 for single admission and only $10 for a yearly pass. Also has a great restaurant, Zola, attached.

5
★★★★★

I know museums can be very boring sometimes, but this museum is amazing. It is pretty large, and is very interesting. I would also recommend getting a year pass if you live in the area, because its $9 for single admission and only $10 for a yearly pass. Also has a great restaurant, Zola, attached.

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