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What You'll Get
- $18 for one adult ticket to the International Spy Museum
- Nation’s only public espionage museum
- Interactive and multimedia exhibits
- Access to permanent exhibition
- Learn about national cover-ups, individual spies, and the operation of German and Russian spy rings in the U.S. during World War II
- Inspect 200 spy gadgets with interactive spy-stations
- Fun for all ages
- Convenient downtown location
Six Insider Pages reviewers give the museum a five-star average, Yahoo! Local users give it four, and TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes: > * The International Spy Museum could be DC’s most entertaining museum. The museum is sprawling…filled with gadgets, stories and presentations. Special exhibits also pass through, and tend to be equally impressive. – Phillip G., Insider Pages > * My husband and I (in our sixties) were not expecting much when we went into this place. That changed-we were there for 5 hours!! It was informative, interactive, and a whole lot of fun. All ages, I am sure, will enjoy this. Well worth the charge and the gift shop is downright inexpensive–did some Christmas shopping while we were there!! – Diane Hillsgrove, Yahoo! Local > * My 10-year-old daughter insisted on visiting this place - it wasn’t in my top10 for a visit to Washington but the whole family was engrossed for four and a half hours!….the place is rich in information about spy craft and in historical artifacts and several exhibits really set the mood of different eras like the Cold War and Vietnam War, WWII and earlier times. Don’t hesitate to give it a try. – jonat1x, TripAdvisor
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About 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.