International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

800 F St NW (9th St NW), Washington, D.C. 20004, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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The only public museum in the US dedicated to espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on display.


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    The museum opened on July 19, 2002 and is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

    HISTORY · April 1, 2010
  • C-SPAN

    The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Check out this video for more info. Read more

    C-SPAN · August 24, 2010
  • Travel Channel

    Investigate over 200 spy gadgets: bugs, invisible-ink writing kits, camera-carrying pigeons, pistols disguised as lipstick holders, shoe phones and poison-tipped umbrellas. Read more

    Travel Channel · November 23, 2010
  • Travel Channel

    What could a black umbrella have to do with the 1978 death of a journalist? Discover the sinister reality at this museum in the nation’s capital. As seen on Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.

    Travel Channel · September 27, 2011
  • Alex P.

    Be sneaky ;-)

    Alex Priest · May 12, 2010
  • Wired

    Every summer The Spy Museum hosts an Espionage Camp for kids ages 10-13. Kids get to build 'intelligence files', meet real spies and forensic scientists, head out on a surveillance missions & more.

    Wired · July 18, 2012
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Washington’s countless museums equals countless museum shops. The International Spy Museum boastes spy gadget, disguises and espionage-related reading for kids, young and old. -- Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 13, 2012
  • Dora

    Kids 5 and under are free but note: No strollers, backpacks, or umbrellas are allowed. Powered by

    Dora · July 21, 2010
  • Sybil B.

    Visit the Spy Museum. Seeing some of the gadgets, tools, and electronics that spies have used was interesting. It was really fun for my kids to "discover" a rotary phone.

    Sybil Barnes · September 26, 2009
  • The Transit Navigator

    A must-see with tons to explore. Remember your cover when entering, and see the history of spies. What else can you do? Well, that's confidential. And an inside spy tip, mention AAA for a discount.

    The Transit Navigator · September 25, 2011
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    While the museum may be full of them, it's no secret that stocks spy gadgets and disguises make unique, original gifts. -- Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 2, 2011

    This is home to one of the world's largest collection of spy artifacts. Highlights: Operation Spy exhibit and Spy in the City, an interactive mission. This is espionage education at its finest! · September 9, 2011
  • M Squared Real Estate

    Try an Operation Spy which is an hour long interactive event where you get to be a spy with a group of people on a mission.

    M Squared Real Estate · August 19, 2011
  • ToryBurch

    Visit this museum to pretend you’re James Bond or to learn how the world’s best detectives handled their toughest jobs.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
  • Keri Kae N.

    Check out the cyber wars section! Updated info on cyberterror!

    Keri Kae Nacin · May 12, 2010
  • Lillian L.

    Definitely do operation spy! It's not just some game for kids, but a well designed and thought out interactive game, even for adults. It puts you in a spy mindset. Requires actual thinking. Worth it.

    Lillian Lin · August 25, 2013
  • Stefan B.

    I've never been there. You can't prove anything. It must have been someone else.

    Stefan Barensky · March 14, 2012
  • C. F.

    Checkout the Spy Store. Lots of cool stuff.

    C. Fergy · July 26, 2011
  • Lisa F.

    Cost of admission versus experience? Priceless. Really need two full days here!

    Lisa Frame · July 25, 2011
  • Will (@wj) J.

    My name is Gary Wozniak. I'm a Canadian teacher heading to Waipu, New Zealand on business for 90 days. Read more

    Will (@wj) Jones · June 21, 2011
  • Wired

    Features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display.

    Wired · August 23, 2012
  • Parenting

    Don’t miss: Operation Spy, where you hit the streets to run training missions and practice evasion techniques—no grown-ups allowed (other than the trained team leaders, of course). Read more

    Parenting · August 4, 2011
  • Steve V.

    the smcdc mission is a lot of fun

    Steve VanSickle · May 12, 2010
  • Talia M.

    Wow! This was fun. i did the basic tour, but I can't wait to go back and do the GPS mission with the older kids!!

    Talia Mase · April 13, 2010
  • Kristin J.

    Loved the books in the gift shop. Take a little intrigue home with you. Read more

    Kristin Johnson · November 21, 2009
  • DailyCandy

    Learn the story behind Argo, separate James Bond fact from fiction, and practice your decoding skills. The gift shop is stocked with invisible ink, bionic ears, thrillers and peel-and-stick mustaches.

    DailyCandy · February 26, 2014
  • dan b.

    You are being watched.

    dan benner · April 3, 2012
  • Jay M.

    Deny everything

    Jay Mills · March 31, 2012
  • Insider Perks

    This is one of our favorite museums because it's so much more. Test your memory by adopting a cover identity and see some of the gadgets you thought were made up just for James Bond movies. Read more

    Insider Perks · February 24, 2012
  • Parenting

    Examine and play with over 200 spy gadgets and learn about espionage history. Read more

    Parenting · August 3, 2011
  • Keisha M.

    Try not to go on the weekend. Too crowded & you can't enjoy everything

    Keisha McCotry · July 30, 2011
  • Marko N.

    This museum is awesome. Interactive games and videos. Really worth visiting. You can also save $2 on admission by going to their site and playing the spy game

    Marko Nikolic · November 13, 2010
  • James M.

    I love this place.

    James Moore · August 13, 2013
  • Kirk

    Some good gadgets, but avoid this place on the weekends due to the crowds.

    Kirk · August 3, 2013
  • Omar A.

    My name is Dimitri im 48, a fisherman. Visiting Boston for family and I dont know if I'm renting a car.

    Omar Alwahbi · June 29, 2013

    You can also go on live action adventures, or "missions," where you become the spy and can decode secret messages and interrogate suspects. This is one of the most interactive museums in town. Read more · June 27, 2013
  • Jennifer F.

    Check out the library on the third floor. If you're lucky you'll see the letter written by Washington that is only on display two months of the year.

    Jennifer F · April 11, 2013
  • Francesca F.

    An awesome museum with every 'James Bond' gadget you could imagine. I highly recommend doing the interactive tour in which you are the spies and have to use clues to complete your mission.

    Francesca Ficara · February 15, 2013
  • Ryan

    Seems overpriced for what you get, even with the new Bond exhibits. Should be called the spy history museum as all of the stuff is 50-100 years old.

    Ryan · November 17, 2012
  • Stephanie M.

    Like them on FB and get 10% off at the gift shop

    Stephanie Mallios · August 28, 2012
  • Deniz A.

    Take a 10 minute museum survey on the computer in the cafe for a free fountain drink. Pull up a chair and it's a nice rest with a free drink.

    Deniz Aydemir · August 16, 2012
  • Vanessa. C.

    If I told you I'd have to kill you.

    Vanessa. Carney · May 26, 2012
  • Jamal T.

    Gotta see some of the gear the real live spies used!

    Jamal Tolson · May 9, 2012
  • Ben M.

    Spectacularly dumb ticket system in which you line up for tickets in one line and then line up all over again for entry. If you come with friends join both lines at once.

    Ben Malbon · April 7, 2012
  • Alex S.

    Dont bother, it's horrible and if for some reason you decide to waste 20$ here, don't bother memorizing ur "spy ID" there is no point

    Alex Saltzman · February 18, 2012
  • Daniel H.

    There's a game on the website that gives you a coupon!

    Daniel Herzberg · January 9, 2012
  • Richard L.

    I'm a sucker for gift shop swag.

    Richard Lam · December 20, 2011
  • Jimmy K.

    Check out James Bond's Aston Martin from Goldfinger

    Jimmy Kastner · December 12, 2011
  • Nate L.

    I went in as Nate Long and came out as James Bond. If you ever wanted to be a spy, go here now! Set aside at least two hours, though. Then, go home and watch Burn Notice all day.

    Nate Long · November 17, 2011
  • Lucie M.

    Spy shop is super fun and you don't have to pay admission to shop there. During holiday season they offer photos with Spy Santa.

    Lucie Melahn · November 7, 2011

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