258 International Spy Museum Tips
- Casual 3
- Take public transit 3
- Dine before you go 1
Easy walking distance from Gallery Place Metro station.
No food or drink are allowed to be consumed within the museum exhibit
Remember to pack light- some of the exhibit features (like sneaking through an "air vent") are hard to do with a backpack on!
Better to go on a weekday- less crowded!
Eat before or after at the Shake Shack located next door- lots of other eateries also close by.
Use the metro, much easier than any other transport
Plenty of restaurants in the area for before or after the museum
It isn't that far to walk from the nearest Metro stop
I wore sandals, shorts, casual top.
It is right next door to Shake Shack which has hamburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and frozen custard.
There are several public parking lots and garages within a couple of blocks from the museum.
There is no food for purchase there but directly next door is the Shake Shack with amazing food and, of course, real milk shakes. On the pricier side but worth the money.
Although as the tickets say you can go at anytime between 3-7, you really need to enter upon the half hour when each group begins. Expect to wait in a line though :(
I wore Sneakers.
International Spy Museum: The Permanent Exhibit
Plan on spending a few hours there, it is very interesting and interactive!!
We ate at the Shake Shack right next door. It was crowed at lunch and had to wait for a table. We were able to grab one right as our food was called, but it seemed like a long wait.
We took the redline Metro to Gallery/Chinatown. The Spy Museum was about a block away.
The museum had a cafe where the food looked alright but overpriced. Instead we went a block away to where there is a delicious brewery called Gordon Beirsch and is worth every penny!
If you bring a lunch, go across the street to the Smithsonian Art Museum which has a spacious atrium with many tables and chairs available. Food also may be purchased. Keep your Spy Museum tickets handy for reentering after your lunch.
I wore Wear lose, comfortable clothing and especially comfortable shoes. There are only a few places to rest during this 2 hour tour..