A good spy is light on his feet, quickly blends in with his surroundings, and is usually the waiter. Learn how skillful spies operate with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $11.99 for One Adult Admission Ticket (a $20.95 Value)
- $21.99 for Two Adult Admission Tickets (a $41.90 Value)
Visitors navigate more than eight audio-visual exhibits celebrating centuries of international spy history. Crawl through mock ventilation vents, practice breaking spy codes, and observe real and pop-culture spy gadgets in the special exhibit Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. Visitors can show their ticket in the museum store and receive 15% off a purchase, where shelves boast spy-inspired gear such as cameras concealed in pens.
This admission is also valid for youth, senior, military, and law-enforcement tickets, which are lower in value than regular adult tickets. Children 6 or younger always receive free admission.
International Spy Museum
Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Filled with low-lit halls and mysterious doors, the museum backs up its exhibits with experience; many of its board members, staff, and speakers are former spies. Executive Director Peter Earnest, for one, spent more than 35 years in the CIA and its National Clandestine Service; frequent speaker Oleg Kalugin once held a position as major general of the KGB. Through special talks and an array of exhibits, the group reveals several hundred years of spy techniques and gadgetry, showcases connections between real spies and pop culture, and draws from international backgrounds to grant a global perspective.
In the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit, visitors explore the most memorable villains from throughout the James Bond film series, discovering the role the series played in shaping public perception of spying and exploring how the villains changed to reflect their times. Featuring over 110 movie and historic artifacts, a series galleries allows visitors to learn about the wide variety of evildoers from many perspectives. For an additional charge, guests can opt to embark on a simulated covert mission entirely based on real intelligence case files in Operation Spy, a one-hour interactive exhibit during which participants ride in simulated truck beds and use video surveillance to find leaked nuclear-trigger technology in a fictional country.
We really enjoyed this Museum. There were interesting exhibits. Cool weapons, like an umbrella, lipstick and flashlight gun.RoseLady692, TripAdvisor, 7/21/2013
“My last visit was more than a year ago. Some new things have replaced some former items. Like there is now a very large section of the museum on James Bond movies...”
“My last visit was more than a year ago. Some new things have replaced some former items. Like there is now a very large section of the museum on James Bond movies which replaces a section that used to have a simulated section of the "Berlin tunnel" (the telephone tap operation) and stories about real spies who caused harm to the United States. Personally, I would have preferred the real stories over those about Ian Fleming's 007.”
“Give yourself at least 2 hours to be able to see all that there is to see at the museum. Also try the interactive part if you are up for a fun group activity!”
“Lots of great things on display. Cool interactive exhibits. Enjoyed the ads-on Spy Mission”
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800 F Street NW
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