Sneak into Espionage at DC’s International Spy Museum
August 25, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, USA — In the world of espionage, spy gadgets, and human intelligence, no U.S. city has played as pivotal of a role as our nation’s capital. Home to the CIA, FBI, and NSA, this scintillating metropolis is a hotbed for spy activity. Add in a few recent TV shows like Covert Affairs and The Americans, and all bets are off for this newfound fascination with people across the globe. Lucky for you though, the International Spy Museum in DC has taken the blanket off this all-but-invisible profession.
Opened in 2002, this interactive museum for kids and adults reveals the history of the undercover agent. Exhibits include detailed displays on spy gadgets, wartime spies, 21st century technology, and more. Not to mention, Bond lovers take heed: this one-of-a-kind museum recently added “50 Years of Bond Villains” to its repertoire, beginning with the man who started it all: Ian Fleming.
Of course, if you’re looking for action, you’ve come to the right place. You can also go on one-hour live action adventures, e.g., “missions,” where you become the spy. Meant for ages 12 and older, children will enter the fictional country of Khandar and search for hidden evidence. This heart-racing mission has all the makings of an espionage adventure, including secret audio conversations, evading capture, and in-depth interrogation.
And for those wanting an even closer look of DC, the International Spy Museum has you covered as well. With the Spy City Tour, visitors are armed with a GPS-interactive device and given a one-mile circuit to complete their mission. Expect history, mystery, and landmarks along your journey — it’s like sightseeing in a whole new way!
Though we know it’s hard to hand over USD 20 for a ticket (especially with nearby museums not charging for entrance), the International Spy Museum features the nation’s largest collection of espionage artifacts (and did we mention they’re real?). Plus, the museum was formed by leading industry experts, like the former directors of the FBI, CIA, and MI5, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
Afterward, when you’re ready to hit up the rest of DC, the International Spy Museum’s convenient location next to The Mall makes it perfect for a full day of sightseeing. You can check out Purple Picks like the Museum of Crime and Punishment and American Art Gallery, to name a few. Not to mention a fun-filled afternoon of undercover action sounds like time well spent to us — just don’t forget to bring along your spy garb!
Read more about the International Spy Museum in our Washington, DC guide.