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International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
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No food or drink are allowed to be consumed within the museum exhibit
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Remember to pack light- some of the exhibit features (like sneaking through an "air vent") are hard to do with a backpack on!
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International Spy Museum: The Permanent Exhibit
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attended Jan 26 2010

My husband and I found it fascinating. The museum suggests that it takes about two hours to take a self-guided tour. Well, we took three and a half hours to walk through everything, read all the great information, and only began to skip a bit when...continued

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attended Apr 27 2011

There is so much to see and do, it's almost too much. I spent nearly 3 hours there. There are lots of truly interactive displays, short films, and fun facts. Good souvenir shop too.

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: International Spy Museum

The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with non-biased, accurate information.