The Spy Museum was an interesting experience. At $13 it is quite expensive for a museum in this town. So I felt a sense of obligation to see it all. It became overwhelming somewhere about the 3/4 part. But still I did enjoy it. It is one of my favorites in the city. Just be aware it is not the best place for children unless they are really into the topic.
The Spy Museum is a fun place to visit for both kids and adults. It has a world of information, artifacts and gadgets related to what it refers to as the ?second oldest profession.? In the first room, called ?Introduction to Espionage? you are asked to create a cover with false identity, age, address, etc. and throughout the museum you may be asked about it to test your spy savvy. There are sections on ?School for Spies? with all kinds of spy equipment, bugs, cameras, etc.; ?The Secret History of History? relating to the story of spying throughout history; ?Spies Among Us? which relates espionage activity during WWII; the ?War of the Spies? deals with the Cold War; and ?The 21st Century? deals with new challenges. There are lots of hands on things so it really appeals to young people.
Hours of operation can vary but generally run from 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 or 8:00 p.m. You can check on their website. Prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children 5-11 years.
The first photo of the shoe reminds me of the old Don Adams show, 'Get Smart.' The image is downloaded from the museum site where they have images just for that.
Tickets to the International Spy Museum should be bought in advance, this new museum is very popular. When we went they had a cool exhibit with props from various TV and Movie spies, such as 007 and Maxwell Smart.
Add to that fun exhibit the more traditional spy gear from various eras including the cold war, and you get an interesting overview of the reality and fiction of espionage that takes a few hours of your time.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for students and military people, and $11 for chidren under 12.
Take the Metro to the Gallery Place/Chinatown exit. Head South past the National Portrait Gallery, hang a right and you'll see it.
Now, there are several ways you can approach the International Spy Museum.
1) Spy Museum - you can pay you entry fee and see the neato displays they have there complete with historical descriptions and interactive displays or you can do the following
2) Lectures, Courses, and Symposiums - you can attend their variety of lectures and classes on topics regarding espionage. They will help you to look at the world from a spy's point-of-view.
3) Kidspy Events - good for children and families. This provides and interactive way for families to learn about espionage. They can learn about code breaking, disguises, etc.
4) Workshops and Demonstrations - you can actually join them to discover and practice the art of espionage.
5) Spy City Tours - go into the depths of the city and discover the spy within the walls of Washington DC.
I personally went on one of the spying missions one night in March. It was really neat and I highly recommend it for a fun and original night out. We got a brief class in espionage and then we were sent out into the streets to uncover the conspiracy. It was a really neat experience. You have to check out the website for more information on upcoming events.
I HIGHLY recommend seeing the International Spy Museum. Unlike the free public museums, this one costs $13.00 for adults. But I found it highly entertaining.
They present a complete history of spying throughout the ages and offer several computer applications to test your wits as a spy.
Give yourself at least 3 hours to go through the museum.
- International Spy Museum (Click the link to its official website)
From its official website (link above)
The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging manner and to provide a dynamic context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history.'
While most museums show you historical artifacts, painting and sculptures (which are nice - don't get me wrong), the spy museum takes you through the world history of espionage and let's you see some of the world's best spies, spying equipment, etc.
It is quite large, so give yourself several hours to see the whole thing.