If you are visiting Washington D.C. with your family, one attraction you do not want to miss is the International Spy Museum!
James and I were given complementary tickets to check out the International Spy Museum as part of my Washington D.C. for Families series. We went at 11am on a Monday morning, and the line was super long! It’s best to get there right as they open at 9am.
Once inside the International Spy Museum, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about the art of spying and espionage. You can take a look at how information has been secretly transmitted over the years.
Even though we have lots of technological advancements today, there were ways to be secretive and spy on your enemy over one hundred years ago too!
You begin your tour of the museum by choosing a new identity. This will be your cover as you complete your mission. I chose to be this female from Germany. You have to memorize her details, and use them as your own!
Before you get to the exhibits, you will watch a film about the world of spying. You’ll realize that there are probably lots of spies living right among us! The School for Spies comes next, where you are tested on your ability to remember your cover identity details.
You also get to see a ton of gadgets that have been used for espionage over the years. There are over 200 weapons, bugs, cameras, and more on display at the International Spy Museum. It was really neat to see what items spies have used around the world over the last several decades.
The Secret History of History exhibit at the International Spy Museum is quite fascinating. It’s like uncovering an entire layer of history you never knew existed. You can learn how spies worked in the times of Moses, George Washington, and Joseph Stalin. You will also learn about the most ancient codes and how they were broken.
James Bond fans will love the huge exhibit that is dedicated to the films. There are artifacts and fun facts that are waiting for you to explore here.
James and I really enjoyed our visit to the International Spy Museum. It was interesting to learn the tools of the trades as well as the psychological instincts behind being a proper spy!
Visiting the International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum is located at 800 F Street, NW between 9th and 8th Streets in Pennsylvania Quarter of Washington, D.C. Plan for your visit to take about 2-3 hours to really digest everything the museum offers. For more information, visit SpyMuseum.org!