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The International Spy Museum is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. The museum is located within the 1875 Le Droit Building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., across the street from the Old Patent Office Building (which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery) and one block south of the Gallery Place Metro station via Red, Green and Yellow lines. In April 2015, plans for a new museum designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were released. The Museum will move to L'Enfant Plaza, with expected re-opening in 2019.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
We really love the Spy museum. This was our second trip and it was just as awesome as the first time. The museum is not Smithsonian so there is a cost, and it can add up quickly if you have a large family. Again however, it's worth the cost. There are several actual items on display as well as multiple recreations. There are a ton of hands-on displays for kids and "big kids." Best time to go is right when it opens. The later in the day it gets the more packed with people it becomes. It can get overcrowded in the early afternoon so plan accordingly. You are able to bring water in with you but no soda.
We LOVED the Spy Museum! A must when you visit! We wish we had made time for active walking Spy mission. Staff was great, exhibits were fun for all ages. Lots of fun facts, interactive spy areas, history, and more. The areas are well created and displayed, like an escape room atmosphere, there are hidden surprises too. The Bond exhibit is the best. Test your inner villain. Don't leave without checking out the store! My daughter won a coupon for store when she beat the time on Hang activity.
Lots of fun! Got in for about $10 per ticket, not so bad. They had really cool James Bond movie artifacts, trivia, and a whole lot of interactive and hands-on things to do. You get to pick a "secret identity" and participate in lots of different things. The gift shop has lots of cool stuff, from kids books to laser light pens to cat backpacks. I would definitely come here again with friends
Wow..... this was awesome! I highly recommend that you do this museum in 2 parts.... do the top floor then have lunch and come back. There's so many cool things to see and read that you should take your time. It is very interactive and fun! The gift shop prices also are decent.... would definitely go again!
Very entertaining and informative. I took my 6 year old daughter there and she enjoyed the museum a lot, and was curious about every section of it. We spent about 4 hours and she wasn't tired at all (I was!). You will need to explain the items to your kid since there are some long texts to read, but all were fun. There is some activity too which kids love. It is free for 6 years old and younger but can get pricey if you are in a big group of adults :--)
If you are interested in espionage, this is a great stop. I took my 15-year-old son recently while we were on a school trip. We spent around 3 hours at the museum, and he could have spent a couple more hours. There is a decent summary of the history of spying and some in depth information about the methods, disguises, and gadgets used by spies. I'm glad I didn't have the whole family, though. It was $22 apiece to get in, and my 10- and 13-year olds would have been bored after a short time. Also, there was an interactive element that was difficult to participate in. Several elevator loads of people watch a short movie at the beginning of the museum. Then everyone is released into the museum at once, making the first areas super crowded. It's impossible to find the various clues you are supposed to find. I thought that part was poorly done.
The International Spy Museum is easily in my top five favorite museums in the world. It's not just that the subject matter is fascinating, it's that everything is extraordinarily well presented. The museum really gives you a sense of how these people, events, and operations changed the course of history. The collection of artifacts is extraordinary. They have a real enigma machine, all sorts of concealed weaponry, two of the original James Bond cars, and the list just goes on and on. This is one of the few museums that truly is fun for all ages. There are several interactive exhibits, based both on real challenges and the sort of things that happen in movies (turn out I AM strong enough to dangle from the landing skids of a helicopter)! In addition to just history, you also explore the evolution of spies in popular culture, which is really fascinating! The aforementioned James Bond cars are awesome, and seeing how spies were portrayed in media throughout WWII and the cold was is incredibly interesting. One of the coolest things about this museum is that it is constantly evolving. The biggest example of this would be the new digital warfare and cybersecurity section! It was added just a few years ago, and as somebody who is pursuing that as a career field, it was wonderful to see the museum keeping up with the times.
Very interesting, great exhibits, fun for children also. A must see museum, some exhibits are interactive , always new things to see. The store offers a great selection of items for all ages, great books to purchase also. If you come without children, you can easily spend several hours really taking in all of the exhibits. We have been there several times and really enjoy it. I would also recommend attending one of their special events that are offered frequently, if you are in the area. The museum is very convenient to the Gallery Place metro stop and there are restuarants nearby, with The Shake Shack right next door. Don't miss it!
My brother and I (both in our twenties) had a blast here! We bought tickets to do the extra Spy Mission and had tons of fun. It's not really hard but very interactive and it definitely gets you into the spy spirit. The museum itself is very fun too, there's a lot of interactive stuff you can do, things that will leave you in awe, educational parts... We were inside for four hours and still had to rush a bit at the end. Definitely worth its price!
This place was a lot of fun and interesting. At first, I thought it was going to be a little corny going up the elevator and sitting through a lecture/show. Once we got through that, we were at our own pace to look and see all the artifacts. An escape kit for the rectal cavity.. who knew? Lol. I personally liked the numerous camera artifacts. It was really cool to see how microdots were made from common items. I also really enjoyed seeing all the James Bond artifacts. Good luck!
This museum is not bad, but it is very underwhelming. When you consider you are in a city with numerous world-class museums, it's hard to find any reason to recommend this one. Only visit if you are a hardcore fan of spy culture or you want to see some props from James Bond movies. It's a good choice for families, because the level of interaction is aimed at middle school age children. You would be much better off visiting one of the Smithsonian Institution museums while you're in Washington DC.
This museum is amazing! I'm not a huge "spy" fan but I had a blast learning about the history and checking out all the interactive demos. This place developed the perfect balance to entertain both adults and children. A few recommendations: order your tickets online and skip the line! Just go to will call and get started. My husband and I also participated in the "operation spy" experience and it was a great time - however don't be confused it is not an exit room game.
Fun museum for all ages. You learn a lot of what it means to be a spy. You get to see some of the cool equipment that was used by KGB agents. There are some really fun activities throughout the whole museum. One other great exhibit is the 50 years of James Bond exhibit. Another fantastic part of the museum is the gift shop. So many little trinkets and cool spy stuff