International Spy Museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by aozyck on November 17, 2005

When we were told that we should plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours in this museum, I was surprised because I had a hard time believing there could be that much to see and do in such a place. But ,after 2-1/2 hours, we found that we could have easily spent another hour or two. Upon entering the museum, each person assumes a secret identity and is subsequently tested to see if they can maintain their cover. It's a really neat introduction into the concept of spying. Then there is one room after another filled with gadgets, tools, weapons, vehicles, and other devices used by spies. There are videos and written information explaining everything you ever wanted to know about how spies do their jobs.

I really enjoyed learning about surveillance and listening devices. The interactive exhibits were interesting too - my kids spent a great deal of time trying to decipher codes. They also very much enjoyed the rooms geared toward spies in the world of entertainment. There were so many photos and memorabilia from Austin Powers, Get Smart, James Bond, and many, many others. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with small children - we saw many families leaving relatively quickly because of children who were not old enough to appreciate this museum. But other than that, I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who likes mystery and espionage. It really was fascinating - well worth the money and the time.

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004
(202) 393-7798

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