Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 / 10:00am-6:00pmInternational Spy Museum: The Permanent Exhibit
How was your experience?
Crowded, dingy, trivial. - We took friends from out of town, and they were into it. So, well, it served its purpose. If it's a holiday, call ahead to find out if they're closing early! On the day of our visit they closed 2 hours earlier than posted! I had no patience for the "set up your own spy character" and moved right on. If you give yourself plenty of time, that might be fun for you. There were a couple of installations (micro cameras, bugging devices, disguised weapons) that were of historic interest, but nothing new. Probably the last room about cyber-spying held some novelty. But by that time I was so tired from being jostled from room to room by sneezing crowds, that I just beat it out of there. Overall, I find the volume level of the sound bytes or music too loud and annoying. If they're supposed to set the mood or give background, keep the volume level low. Right now, it just adds to the stress level. The James Bond installation was mildly amusing. If you're a movie buff that's fun. The small "real world" add-ons gave it just a smidgen of relevance. There was no room (say halfway through the exhibits), where to just catch your breath, rest up, or not feel quite so claustrophobic. I feel they admitted too many people in the exhibit at the same time. Next time, our out-of-towners can go by themselves, and I'll chill across the street in the National Portrait Gallery.