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International Spy Museum: The Permanent Exhibit

International Spy Museum (Washington, DC)
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948 ratings
4.2 average rating
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attended Nov 23 2011

This is a great family attraction. We went with our two children 11 and 15 and they both found it fascinating. GIve yourself about 2 hours and some time in the gift shop.

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attended Jul 08 2014

This is a very touristy museum that is not very interesting for someone with a strong background in military history/espionage. Though it won't teach you much, it does have a nice collection of gadgets to see.

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attended Sep 29 2010

This is the only thing in the Washington DC area that my 12 year really enjoyed. While I liked the other museums, having the my 12 year interested made this the best museum of our week long trip.

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attended Jul 09 2011

This museum is a must for tourists and those interested in the role of espionage in international affairs. You need about 3 hours to cover the exhibits.

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attended Jan 27 2010

We were glad to go on a weekday since it was not at all crowded. There was more of interest than I would have expected - especially the historical information.

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attended Aug 05 2010

A good spectrum of interesting exhibits for all ages.

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attended Mar 06 2010

A must for a history buff, however my children and I enjoyed ourselves. Love the gift store.

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attended Aug 05 2011

A really interesting perspective. Really made our group involved (ags 11-49). Self paced and interesting exhibits for everyone in our group.

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attended Mar 17 2013

Absolutely fascinating! Lots of videos about the movies, plus videos from REAL LIFE 'spies'. Also several interactive activities, which were loads of fun.

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attended Aug 17 2010

Along with 3 friends, we had a great time in the thrilling, often chilling SPY museum. We took our time and enjoyed each and every exhibit and room. We probably spent almost an hour in the gift shop and bought lots of fun stuff! It's a...continued

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attended Jul 28 2012

Awesome collection of everything espionage. This museum, although a little pricey, far exceeded my expectations. It wasn't just a collection of CIA and KGB lipstick guns (although there is one there); it was a more comprehensive historical...continued

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attended Mar 30 2013

Be prepared to be in line for quite a while..... I wish I would have known from other reviews. It was fun for my 5 year old.

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attended Feb 16 2013

Don't bring the kids! It's really too sophisticated for anyone under 9 or 10. The young ones are grabbing and banging on exhibits while whining to their parents, "I'm sooo BORED!"
Really enjoyed learning all the facts and techniques used by...continued

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attended Jul 13 2011

Entertaining, but you have to be willing to read. There are some interactive displays, my kids loved hiding in the air vent, but most fun for me was reading about the development of spy equipment and the spying that went on between the U.S. and...continued

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attended Jan 15 2014

Excellent exhibits. However, missed the charming cafe you used to have. Missed easily found places to sit down (other than the movies) and relax and have a bite to eat!

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attended Sep 14 2013

Excellent. My family and I could have spent all day there.

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attended Sep 16 2010

Extremely interesting if you've never seen it before. A bit boring if you're escourting visiting relatives or friends.

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attended Jul 13 2012

Focus seemed to be on the tools of the trade (of spying) with little intellectual weight behind it. Found myself bored within 15 minutes.

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attended Jul 16 2014

Fun and interesting info about espionage and all the multitude of ways conversations were recorded and ingenious places to hide weapons. I'd choose the lipstick gun if I were a spy. Not the type of museum I would visit again.

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