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International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

From USD$19.95Per Hour


801 F St NW, Washington, DC, USA

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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 importance and impact on current and historic events. The exhibit combines themed rooms and activities with historic tales and artifacts from the history of global intrigue. History takes on vivid life in this artfully designed exhibition space.


  • The only museum in the world dedicated to the history and art of espionage
  • Over 200 artifacts dedicated to the art of spying – Many on display to the public for the first time
  • Learn first-hand how spies perform their spy craft
  • Become a spy through hands-on, interactive systems. Break the Enigma Code, have your own spy moment on Hang Time, or listen for submarines using underwater surveillance systems.
  • Learn how cyber-warfare can impact a nation, and how to defend against it
  • Learn about famous celebrities who were spies for their country
  • Discover the secrets behind code breaking during World War II
  • Exquisitely Evil: 50 years of Bond Villains
  • 5,000 Sq ft Gift Shop with gadgets, books, souvenirs and apparel

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. Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. It is the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

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. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions, as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

The International Spy Museum experience begins with an orientation to the techniques, tools, and other tradecraft associated with espionage. Visitors watch a Briefing Film and tour the “School for Spies” where 200 artifacts are displayed. The latter also includes interactive exhibits about audio surveillance, threat analysis, and maintaining one’s cover.

EXQUISITELY EVIL: 50 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.

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.

Not just anyone can enter this world of international espionage. Your eTicket is your all-access pass to everything covert, top-secret, and all around spy-like. Just don’t be surprised if it self destructs after you use it.

Operating Times:

Operating Times: Dec 26-30: 9:00am-7:00pm; Dec 31: 9:00am-5:00pm; Jan 1-12: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Jan 13-14: 9:00am to 7:00pm; Jan 15: 9:00am- 6:00pm; Jan 16- Feb 16: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Feb 17-18: 9:00am – 7:00pm; Feb 19-23: 9:00am – 6:00pm; Feb 24-Mar 9: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Mar 10- Apr 6: 9:00am- 8:00pm; Apr 7- Jul 3: 9:00am – 7:00pm; Jul 5-Sept 1: 9:00am – 7:00pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to closing. Blackout date apply-vouchers not accepted during these dates: July 3-5, 2019; November 23-25, 2019; December 27-30, 2019. Museum closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 6 months of the purchase date.


Self Guided

Booth Location:

Downtown, at 800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004, within the Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood and stretches the entire city block between 9th and 8th Streets.
Within one block of the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Station servicing Red, Yellow and Green lines. Within 3 blocks of Metro Center station servicing Orange, Blue, Silver and Red lines.

Nearest Intersection:

8th Street and F Street


Limited street parking is available on 9th, 10th, F and G Streets, NW and throughout the neighborhood. Spaces are metered with a two hour maximum. Please note that there are no spaces specifically reserved for handicap parking on the block immediately surrounding the Museum.
Garages- Parking fees range from $10 – $20, depending on the time of day and length of time parked.

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: ages 7-11 years old. Children under 7 are free.


For groups of 11 or more-please contact Group Sales at 305-433-8395 to better serve your needs. While children of all ages are welcome, children ages 12 and older will gain the most from the exhibits which often include text panels and interactive displays. The International Spy Museum fully complies with all ADA requirements. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first served basis. Sign Language interpretation is available with two week advanced notice. A TTY number for the hearing impaired is available. To enhance the experience of all guests, and to protect exhibits and artifacts, please note the following policies within all Museum Exhibit Areas: No flash photography or videography. No food, drink or chewing gum. No strollers or smoking permitted.