International Spy Museum
Washington DC, USA
- Largest espionage museum in the world: This museum, the only of its kind in the United States, features more than 200 pieces of espionage artifacts - many on display to the public for the first time.
- Interactive exhibits: Make your way through storm clouds at the “Spies Among Us” exhibit and learn about the history of military espionage ranging from colonialists spying on Redcoats to the code-breakers who helped end World War II. Then, fast-forward in time and head to the “21 Century” area to learn about today's intelligence challenges before checking out the rest of them.
- Film screening and orientation: Get introduced to the history of espionage and the techniques, tools, and other tradecraft associated with it.
- Flexibility: The tickets purchased on GoBe can be used almost any time the museum is open. So, if your travel plans change, there is no need to rebook. Don't like the weather? Go another day. The choice is yours.
- Self-guided tour: Let your interests guide you as you enjoy the museum at your own pace.
- Shopping: Be sure to visit the 5,000 square foot gift shop for gadgets, books, souvenirs, and apparel.
- Bring the little ones: Children age 6 and under are free and do not require a reservation.
About this Washington DC tour
Grab your papers and equipment and get moving. Your contact should have made the drop by now, and you don't want to leave the package under the park bench. In the wrong hands, it could cause an international incident.
Keep an eye on your six. You're pretty sure you dispatched the last of the federation's goons in Prague, but you never know. Glance down at your watch for a time check – right on the money.
The old you is gone. You're a university student now, traveling to see new sights on break from classes. Or maybe you're a businessman, heading to Europe to close a deal.
That's what it says on your documents, at least. In reality, you're here on a high-stakes mission to retrieve critical information that your country needs. If the names on that list got out … you don't even want to think about the consequences.
"Hey. You there." You freeze for a moment at the voice behind you. You hear him click his Beretta's safety off. Guess you didn't get all the goons after all.
A name for the birds
Ian Fleming, the English author who based James Bond on some of his own intelligence experiences, had an idea for spy novels filled with suspense, seduction, and exotic locales. But he wanted an average, "everyman" name indicative of the protagonist's status as a government instrument. Writing on the balcony of his Jamaican villa in 1953, he glanced at a bird-watching book by American ornithologist James Bond; thus was born the longest-running, most successful book/movie franchise in history.
Please proceed to 800 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. 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.
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.
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.
Due to heavy volume vouchers will not be accepted on the following dates: July 3-4, November 24-25, and December 27-30. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
This tour is self-guided.
The Museum's permanent exhibition and Museum Store are fully wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs may be borrowed at the Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
Family Friendly, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
While children of all ages are welcome, those who can read will gain the most from the exhibits which often include text panels and interactive displays.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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