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International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
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Review from SA
Red Velvet 126 events 61 reviews

We really had a great time. We didn't pass our identity check at the end! The designer of the building utilized so much space you don't think it will ever end. A lot of fun and would recommend it to everyone.

reviewed Mar 07 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Rutie
Red Velvet 51 events 33 reviews

Disappointing. This museum is full of historical and mostly obsolete artifacts. In today's electronic era, to see all ‎those and NOTHING about modern espionage tools, artifacts or stories is like walking into a historic time warp ‎with no way...continued

reviewed Dec 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Serious
Red Velvet 38 events 27 reviews

This museum is fun, interactive and educational. I would go again

reviewed Jun 15 2015 report as inappropriate
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The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display. The stories of individual spies, told through film, interactives and state-of-the-art exhibits, provide a dynamic context to foster an understanding of espionage and its impact on current and historic events.

The Permanent Exhibit

Introduction to Espionage
No matter what motives brought you here … leave your preconceptions behind. Learn about the authentic tradecraft that has been used throughout time and around the world. Hear spies, in their own words, describe the challenges and the “game” of spying.

Covers & Legends
A spy must live a life of lies. Adopt a cover identity and learn why an agent needs one. Proceed directly to the Briefing Film where you’ll come face to face with the real world of spying. Spies are motivated for very different reasons – what might motivate you? Patriotism? Money? A compromising situation? Your own ego?

School for Spies
What does it take to be a spy? Gather information about innate skills, special training, and expertise vital for success. Examine over 200 spy gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies. Learn the stories behind the spycraft. Test your skills of observation, analysis, surveillance, and disguise at interactive stations. Do you have what it takes to be a spy?

The Secret History of History
Travel back through the centuries to trace the earliest moments of the second oldest profession. Uncover the stories of famous men and women, considered above suspicion – and doubly effective as spies. Be surprised by spymasters from Moses to Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth I to George Washington, Cardinal Richelieu to Joseph Stalin; all relied on intelligence to be effective leaders. Track today’s technology back to its sources. Earn about the earliest codes – who made and broke them. You know the history, now you’ll know the secret history.

Spies Among Us
See the storm clouds gathering as WWII draws near and see the fronts which concealed German and Russian spy rings operating right under our noses. Consider the unheeded intelligence that warned of Pearl Harbor. Learn about top-secret code-breaking successes that shortened the war while testing your code-breaking skills. Be amazed by deceptions that made D-Day a success. Learn about keeping the biggest secret of the 20th Century – the atom bomb – and how that secret was lost.

Exquisitely Evil: 59 Years of Bond Villains
Meet Bond’s villains, discover their evil schemes, and see their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. See over 100 artifacts from the films — including the Sea Vac drill from Tomorrow Never Dies, Le Chiffre’s inhaler from Casino Royale, and a nerve gas sphere from Moonraker — all from the archives of EON productions, the Bond film producers. Explore how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how James Bond has influenced the public’s perception of real espionage.

The 21st Century
Confront the contemporary challenges that intelligence faces today, when it is needed more than ever. On your final stop — Weapons of Mass Disruption — hear from some of today’s top experts on the new intelligence battlefield of cyberspace. Explore what would happen if a cyber attack hit the electrical grid. See the different ways cyberspace has become a battleground for the military, terrorists and spies, and even James Bond. This gallery includes material from the newest Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall, whose brilliant villain Raoul Silva is a cyber-terrorist.

Please be advised that the permanent exhibition is most appropriate for children ages 12 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

An average visit lasts approximately two hours.

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