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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.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“james bond” (712 reviews)
“cold war” (206 reviews)
“real spies” (53 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
Downtown / Chinatown
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+1 202-393-7798
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"james bond"
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"cold war"
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"real spies"
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"gift shop"
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"interactive exhibits"
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"a lot of fun"
in 141 reviews
"older kids"
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"all ages"
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"hands on activities"
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"whole family"
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"great for kids"
in 58 reviews
"two hours"
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"three hours"
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"on display"
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"civil war"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I know they are building a new spy museum for next year, which is good because his museum feels dated and tired. There’s lots of cool stuff behind glass but that’s kind of boring for younger children and the few interactive displays aren’t very impressive....More

Thank RedCycle
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

I regret that your visit wasn't all that you expected. Were you able to speak with a staff member before leaving? We welcome feedback from guests during their visit so we can help improve their experience. We have one of the largest collections of spy...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A little crowded at the start but it thinned out as we got farther into the museum, which is much bigger than we thought (don't lose your kids!). Tons of stuff to see and read and do. Great scavenger hunt for the kid (9yo) that...More

Thank Ivorykay
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for sharing your intel! I'm so glad you and your younger agent enjoyed the museum. You're right-there's more to us than meets the eye. Our museum is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. We generally recommend about 2 hours...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lot of fun to see spying through the ages. A great focus on the Cold War era and on Spy fiction - Bond features a lot. The entry fee is steep: $23 for an adult. A bit of a reduction for military - down...More

Thank Helena L
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent Helena L, Thank you for sharing your intel! The International Spy Museum is a non-profit organization that brings the world of intelligence to life – illuminating how it has changed the course of history and continues to play a significant role in our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a great place to go because it’s entertaining and you learn from it. I recommend bringing some money because the gift shop has many cool items. The tour is great but it can get crowded so be prepared to wait. There are some interactive...More

Thank Annabeth_Chase23
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent Annabeth_Chase23, Thank you for spying on us! The Spy museum offers the World's largest collection of Spy artifacts and our mission is to educate the public in an engaging manner. I am happy to see we did just that. Hope to spy on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to this place. Has a good variety - actual spy stuff and movie stuff. I am not into spy stuff much but my husband is. There was enough stuff to keep me interested.

Thank Lillian D
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent Lillian D, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to see your mission was a success. The Spy Museum offers one of the World's largest collection of spy artifacts. Tierra Manning Guest Services Operative 202 393 7794 guestdebriefing@spymuseum.org

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Reviewed 1 week ago

...that I am not.. If not considering the admission fee I would rate it higher. Plenty of exhibits of relevant materials and facilities, and there are also some small interactive activities to get visitors involved (not so much). A bit crowded inside (perhaps because it...More

Thank LouTA2017
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Agent LouTA2017, Thank you for sharing your intel! The International Spy Museum is a non-profit organization that brings the world of intelligence to life – illuminating how it has changed the course of history and continues to play a significant role in our lives...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my wife’s first visited the museum when it opened way back in 2002. It was okay and I didn’t think I’d return. Fast forward to a few days ago with our second grade boy. I suppose he found it interesting but I had...More

Thank Lawrence T
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for returning for a second museum mission! Our goal is to bring to the world of espionage to life for our guests in a way that's accessible for the whole family. For younger agents, we generally recommend picking up a free Family Mission Guide...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time here, really informative. Really liked the fact there was a lot of interaction activities and not just loads of reading, well worth the money and would highly recommend a visit, especially if you have children. As they train to become spies...More

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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Agent Janine85, Thank you for sharing your intel! The Spy Museum mission is to educate the public in an engaging manner and I am happy to see your mission was a success. Hope to Spy on you Soon! Tierra Manning Guest Services Operative 202...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this one on a chance. Well worth it, especially if you have middle age kids. There are options, normal walk through and see things at your leisure, or you can be give a guid and your group become spies and you train and work...More

Thank pd2div
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Agent Pd2div, Thank you for sharing your intel! I am happy to see your mission was a success.As you stated we have different options for the public to participate in General Admission, which is the basic exhibit where you learn the history of espionage....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leave much to be desired. I thought it would be more hands on and cool for the kids, didn’t do very much for us. Costs a lot of money compared to the D.C. free museums and not worth it.More

Thank RabbiY
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SpyMuseumManager, Guest Relations Manager at International Spy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello RabbiY, Thank you for sharing your intel! As you stated the museum has an admission fee, The Spy Museum is a non profit organization. I am sorry to see your mission wasn't a success. Did you speak to a manager before your departure? The...More

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jslaikjer
6 July 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi JS, For General Admission, the tickets are good for the rest of the day, so it's not a problem if you arrive after the time stamp. For Operation Spy, however, those tickets are time-sensitive, and we ask all guests to be... More
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dolphinchicks
13 June 2017|
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Response from SpyMuseumManager | Property representative |
Hi Agent Dolphin Chicks, As others have mentioned here, we recommend arriving early in order to beat the crowds. I would also recommend buying your tickets online in advance, especially if you want to participate in... More
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Carole517
6 May 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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