Learn the story of spies, intelligence operations, and deceptions that changed the course of history with an admission ticket to Washington DC’s International Spy Museum. See one of the largest collections of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display with gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies. Travel back in time to learn about past spies and unlikely undercover agents. Adopt a cover identity and self-test spy skills along the way.
Admission ticket to Washington DC's International Spy Museum
See gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies used for espionage
Adopt a cover identity and test your spy skills throughout the museum
Travel back in time to learn about past spies and unlikely undercover agents
The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only museum in the United States entirely dedicated to espionage. It’s also the only one in the world that provides a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has helped to not only shape history, but also have a significant impact on world events. Upon entering the building, adopt a cover identity and learn why an agent needs one. Then self-test spy skills while browsing the museum’s artifacts, spy gadgets, and mystery-revealing photos. Audio and video presentations will teach how to keep that cover along the way. Browse the many themed rooms, enjoy interactive activities and hear real stories about past spy missions. For example, in the School for Spies, examine a number of spy gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies. Then learn the stories behind the spycraft and self-test skills of observation, analysis, surveillance and disguise at the interactive stations. In the Secret History of History, uncover the stories behind the famous men and women who were considered above suspicion—and doubly effective as spies, like George Washington and Joseph Stalin.
Reviews by Viator travellers
, Jun 2019
Great for kids. Lots of activities and reading. Kids said that when you are a spy, you cannot show you are afraid of anything.
What a fantastic wealth of information! My 21 year old daughter, our friends and I all had a great time here. You learn SO MUCH about the spy business and plenty of hands on exhibits to have fun with. Its a MUST DO in D.C.!
Very good place for your kids and maybe you to spend 2-3 hours. Lot of interactive exhibitions and interesting materials. The only negative is cost - adult with 2 kids under 12 is 49 from Viator and 55 at the door.
My daughter, who is 17, and I had a great time at the spy museum. We listened to the headphones, climbed thru the tunnel as quiet as possible and had a great time doing it. It was fun to watch her jump as the shark swam at her. Great time.
Maybe the rain forced everyone inside, but this was a super 3 hours for many folks. Adults and the kids were engrossed in the interactive portions of many of the exhibits. Leave plenty of time to play.
International Spy Museum is a must see attraction in Washington DC, was what our Hop on Hop off tour guide told us. So we decided to visit even though it has general admission fee of 21.95 per person. when i tried to book on line, it showed fully booked for that day. I booked it through Viator helpline and got tickets for same day with discount for 19.5. Our overall experience of the exhibits and activities undertaken at Spy museum was nowhere close to satisfactory even. The reception asked to shom my voucher which i could not open since there was no WiFi there and my mobile did not have net connectivity, It is frustrating to see no wifi provided in today's times which is available in all other museums with free entry.
initial briefing and conduct with the groups by the museum staff was extremely casual and we were sort of left to our own self guided tour. they asked us to assume some spy identity but thereafter nothing much happened except at the exit when they asked you some questions and based on the answers given you were either allowed to exit or asked to give up.
one whole floor is devoted to James Bond, which is a waste of time, and neither entertaining nor educative.
Food /drinks are not allowed to be taken with you and most visitors who carry foodstuff are not provided with any space inside where one can eat own food with dignity. we had to go out and eat on the pavement.
when we asked what about the activities as spy tasks? they said you can undertake those by paying 15 each for those activities, and they have four such activities. They appeared neither interested in providing further information about the additional paid activities nor they seemed to care if we would take those or just leave.
I keep feeling why are they charging 21.5 for this museum? in Washington dc there are so many world class museums which are free, and yet we did not have time to visit all of them. I regret i wasted my money and time visiting International Spy museum. I could have visited any other museum on National Mall and felt better.
Final verdict: DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY BY VISITING INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM.