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International Spy Museum, Washington DC

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#10 of 69 in Museums in Washington DC
Specialty Museum · Museum
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Boasting a collection of spy memorabilia thought to be the most extensive in the world, International Spy Museum narrates the history of espionage and explains its role in contemporary world affairs. Begin your mission by adopting a cover identity in the introductory section of the museum, designed to familiarize visitors with the real world of espionage. Learn about the many skills essential for every successful spy mission and find out what leads people into the dangerous world of international espionage by visiting the museum's school for spies. Don't leave before exploring an interactive exhibit hosting a movie-style spy simulation, in which participants attempt to stop a secret arms deal involving a nuclear trigger. Arrange your visit to International Spy Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC trip itinerary site.
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  • Adults and 9 year old kids in our group had a blast. The 3-year old in our group did not have anything to do-come without your toddlers if you can :) The entry times are well spaced and very well... 
    Adults and 9 year old kids in our group had a blast. The 3-year old in our group did not have anything to do-come without your toddlers if you can :) The entry times are well spaced and very well...  more »
  • For kids and Adults! Reserve tickets a day in advance.... parking on the street is luck of the draw, so most likely you'll park in garage. Museum is educational and ties in recent event (mid... 
    For kids and Adults! Reserve tickets a day in advance.... parking on the street is luck of the draw, so most likely you'll park in garage. Museum is educational and ties in recent event (mid...  more »
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  • Man alive. This place was awesome. It is chock-full of information, interesting installations and interactive activities. We spent five hours there and could have easily stayed a few more. We had to hurry the little ones there because the adults were hungry and had other places to visit that day. So, if you have inquisitive kids in your party, make sure to plan to be here for a while. Definitely a place to visit! Be sure to get tickets online in advance as entrance is done by specific time.
  • Let me start by explaining why I took one star off. The tickets are timed, and the museum suggests 2 hours as a sufficient amount of time to spend there. The day we went, we bought tickets for 2.5 hours before closing, thinking that should be enough time. In reality, though, with it being as crowded as it was, we would have needed at least 4 hours to do every activity. The museum is great, and there are a ton of interactive scenarios and activities that you are supposed to complete, if you really want to do the museum the way it's designed. However, you have to wait for other people to do the same activities, and that will add a significant amount of time to the visit. If you were in there completely by yourself, I could see maybe finishing in 2 hours. But obviously, that's not the reality. So we had to rush through without getting to do a significant portion of the interactive activities, and the kids were pretty disappointed. TLDR: The museum is worth the money, if you allot WAY more than 2 hours for it.

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