International Spy Museum



International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage. Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display supported with historic photographs, interactive displays and films. The International Spy Museum is a great place for the family. While all children are welcome, the Museum’s content is best suited for ages 7 and up.

Permanent exhibits include:

Covers & Legends: Here visitors begin their mission by adopting a cover identity and are introduced to the world of espionage.

School of Spies: This section provides an introduction to the tradecraft of espionage and describes many of the skills and tools essential to a spy. Visitors can examine more than 200 spy gadgets, weapons and technologies; learn the stories behind the spy craft; and test their own skills of observation, analysis and surveillance.

The Secret History of History: Here visitors travel back through the centuries and discover the history of spying from biblical times to the early 20th century. They track today’s technology back to its sources, learn about the earliest codes—who made and broke them, and examine the role that women have played in espionage.

The 21st Century: This section outlines the contemporary challenges that intelligence faces today including the new intelligence battlefield of cyberspace.

Special exhibition:

Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains: An interactive exhibition celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the James Bond film franchise – from 1962’s Dr. No to 2012’s Skyfall. The exhibit explores how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how James Bond has influenced the public’s perception of real espionage. Visitors of all ages can find out how they measure up to Bond and his villains with exciting interactive opportunities, from a shark tank experience to evading enemy spies to diffusing an atomic bomb.


Operation Spy: an interactive exhibit (a live action spy adventure), where visitors assume the roles of covert agents and participate in a one-hour Hollywood-style spy simulation, in which they move from area to area and are faced with puzzles, tasks, motion simulators, sound effects, and video messages as they work through a mission involving the interception of a secret arms deal involving a nuclear trigger. This exhibition has a separate admission fee and separate entrance from the museum’s permanent exhibit. Participants must be 12 years and older to enter the Operation Spy mission.

The Museum offers other scheduled programs and events such as Spy in the City, KidSpy Zone, Spy Camp and birthday parties.

    • This place is good for

    • Little kids
    • Grade schoolers
    • Tweens
    • Teens
    • Everyone
    • Children with
      special needs
    • Recommended length

    • Up to 1 hour
    • 1-3 hours
    • Half a day
    • Full day
    • A day is not enough
    • Price

    • Free
    • $
    • $$
    • $$$

      Features confirmed by parents

      • Restrooms

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    Fun for kids and adults alike - and it's getting better over time

    Reviewed 19 October 2016

    This museum has enough to offer to keep kids 6 and older busy and interested. Older kids might enjoy more the activity of selecting and maintaining a cover while going through the museum, while the younger ones can look for the displays and activities featured on the scavenger hunt sheet. Ours enjoyed a lot of the displays, especially the ingenious spying devices, but even more so the interactive parts, like sneaking through the air ducts (and spying on their aunt down below). Although our kids are too young to get the extensive James Bond references in the museum's 007 section (much expanded since my last visit years ago), this was still one of their favorite parts due to the activities there: defuse a bomb, hang from rising bar, etc. And the shark tank was great fun for them. I used to think of it as a slightly modernized version of a Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum, but the Spy Museum is way more than that now. Worth a visit, even though it costs a bit. We found discounted tickets on Groupon, so give that a try.This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    F Street Northwest 800
    20004 Washington, United States


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