Museums >International Spy Museum
800 F St NW, Washington, DC | Directions 2000438.897563 -77.022645
Neighborhoods: Northwest Washington, Northwest, Downtown
This place is cool. It's all about code breaking and 007 stuff. Plan for at least an hour. I spent two.
Release Your Inner James Bond – 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 area. But the Spy Museum is incredibly interesting from top to bottom, and the level of interactivity that it offers for adults and kids alike will prevent any visitor from getting bored here. If you're fascinated by the goings on behind the CIA or the history of spies during the World Wars, go here. There are also plenty of interesting documentaries and videos that play throughout the building and tons of very cool, real artifacts from actual spies and espionage organizations.
Citysearch Editorial Review – In a town where it has been said that espionage is the most common career, the International Spy Museum appeals to both curious tourists and locals who want a look inside the neighborhood trade and what is thought to be the second-oldest profession. This interactive museum in D.C.'s Penn Quarter includes a briefing film, famous and historical examples of real-world heists, and all the tools of the trade. The museum's most popular feature, however, is Operation Spy, a live-action adventure that turns patrons into spies and gives them one hour to complete a mission using surveillance techniques and polygraph tests.
Fun Place To Check Out – 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 there down the street.
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