Spy Museum Washington DC – Is It Worth the Visit?

Family travel to Spy Museum Washington DC

Fun Fact Learned at Spy Museum Washington DC

On any given day, there are more spies in Washington DC then in the entire world.

This was one of the incredible facts learned when visiting the Spy Museum in Washington DC.

You learn a lot more as well. But what makes it so incredible, is that these are all stories, facts that have been truly practiced in the field.

The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time.

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Visiting the Spy Museum with Kids

Washington DC is known to have some of the best museums in the US that are free. So why would someone go out of their way to spend money on a museum that has an entrance fee?

Especially when traveling with kids, because we all know how much kids love museums (not!).

Interestingly enough, when planning our trip to Washington DC to visit my brother and sister-in-law, I talked to my sons about what they would like to do and mentioned that the Spy Museum is in the area and they both screamed ‘YES’ in unison.

So it was decided.

Spy Museum’s Mission

The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage and intelligence in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters an understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events.

They do this with great exhibits, hands-on equipment, and videos.

hands on exhibits for kids at spy museum

And tons of James Bond paraphernalia.

Definitely the spot to go if you are a James Bond fan. And if you’re not, you will come out being one.

James Bond exhibit and car at Spy Museum Washington DC

Information about the Spy Museum

  • It features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.
  • The International Spy Museum explores the craft, practice, history, and contemporary role of espionage.
  • This is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage.
  • The museum is also the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history.
  • Its board of directors are people from National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Former Chief of Disguise, Federal Bureau of Investigation, making them a good authority and source to talk about this matter.


Interactive Spy Experiences

Exquisitely Evil – Meet Bond’s villains, uncover their evil schemes, and explore their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films.

School for Spies – Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Test your skills of observation, analysis, surveillance, and disguise at interactive stations.

The Secret History of History – Uncover the stories behind famous men and women considered above suspicion—and doubly effective as spies.

From Ballroom to Battlefield – Civil War era spy-tech, such as the 19th century hand-held mobile communications device, signal flags, and codes and cipher tools, are featured in this gallery.

Spies Among Us – See the storm clouds gathering as WWII draws near and see the fronts that conceal German and Russian Spy Rings operating right under our noses.

21st Century – Confront the contemporary challenges that intelligence faces today, when it is needed more than ever.

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Experiences that are Extra

Operation Spy – Think of it as a live action spy adventure. Only you’re the spy. This one-hour, adrenaline-fueled mission is no exhibit.

Spy in the City – You’ve qualified for the mission. Now see DC through the eyes of a spy by taking a GPS guided tour of the city. It’s your chance to explore the spy capital of the world on foot.

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Personal Recommendations and Experience

The museum was truly a highlight for us.

However, one thing I did see is that my 13 year old was loving it, reading everything and taking his time.

My seven year old got bored pretty quickly since it is definitely a museum more for older kids. Even the fun activities were for 13 and older. We had to finish our tour quicker than we wanted to, after only one hour because my youngest simply was too bored and there really isn’t much for that age range.

I recommend going no matter what, simply have this in mind, so you know if your younger child gets bored and restless. Also, you can head to Bellevue, there are a ton of things to do with kids there, I wrote the best ones for you and your kids, read it here.

Admission tickets

– $21.95 for Adults
– $15.95 for Seniors (ages 65+)
– $14.95 for Youth ages 7 to 11
– Children age 6 and under are free.

Note: Prices do not include tax.

Museum Hours

Open Every Day – 9AM-7PM


Their Website
Phone: 202.393.7798
Address: 800 F Street, NW – Washington, DC
Facebook: IntlSpyMuseum
Twitter: @intlspymuseum
Instagram: @spymuseum

Last Updated on August 14, 2023

One thought on “Spy Museum Washington DC – Is It Worth the Visit?”

  1. I was so excited to visit this museum, but I was disappointed that no listening devices were available. I have low vision and I could not read the displays. I’m could see the displays were well organized and informative. A listening device that explains the displays would have made mu visit netter..
    It seems that the museum did not care about their visitors with disability

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