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International Spy Museum

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: 800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1505
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+1 202-393-7798
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits...

Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.

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Fairly enjoyable, but very crowded

The International Spy Museum is a wildly popular tourism attraction in DC, and makes a change from the slightly stuffy historical and/or government stuff. Needless to say my kids... read more

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Grand Cayman
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The International Spy Museum is a wildly popular tourism attraction in DC, and makes a change from the slightly stuffy historical and/or government stuff. Needless to say my kids mandated we had to go. The museum itself is OK. Plenty of interesting stuff and decent exhibits. It's not all brilliant, but equally, it is not bad either. It definitely feels... More 

Thank Rhone_Man
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We weren't sure if this was going to be a bust or great... Turned out to be amazing! The kids loved it and I thought it was pretty awesome too. This place was full of gadgets and videos and an entire floor dedicated to James Bond! Great value too.... (Kids under 6 are free) If you are in D.C., be... More 

Thank Jedichicken88
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love trivia, you will love this museum! There are soooo many interesting details about spying, spies, and spy organizations in this museum you will be amazed (or paranoid going forward)! My teen-aged nephews especially enjoyed learning about the cigar used to attempt to kill Fidel Castro!

Thank Grey-haire
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Packed with gadgets and lots of stories and short movies. Awhole floor for the Bond 50th anniversary. Can be a tad crowded, but they control the flow so overall pretty good.

Thank Falcon1981
Acton, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've visited the International Spy Museum several times over the past ~6 years; the last two times with young nieces & nephews. This Museum provides a good overview of how spycraft is conducted, with lots of hands-on exhibits and historical artifacts to illustrate this history. A special exhibit (in 2017) that was not there the last time I visited several... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful place to visit. Their entry takes awhile, so be sure to use the rest room before you get in line. A small elevator takes you up to another floor to get you started on your interesting journey through the spy world. A large part is spent on 007. They are planning on either moving this museum or... More 

Thank CookerOfFaith40
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum takes you from the 21st Century weapons of mass disruption, through cold war castoffs, drugs and thugs, and the history of the early spies. If you want to know something about what it takes to be a spy, take a slow walk through the museum. You can learn about people such as Moses, George Washington, Cardinal Richelieu, and... More 

Thank Valerie J
Muskogee, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a pretty good museum but it costs money to get in. Not worth it unless you add on a special event.

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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took our grandsons to visit this museum and they had a great time along with my husband who loved it! They enjoyed all the spy gadgets and history and especially the James Bond exhibit. It was very crowded and took some time to move through and see things. Such is the nature of visiting museums in DC, though. My daughter... More 

Thank Eileeng2011
South Jersey
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited years ago when it first opened, and love it! And while it's changed a bit, we were excited to take our two boys, and they loved it as well. It honestly is worth the time, money, and they both say it was the highlight of their Washington, D.C. trip. Extremely fun and educational!

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