International Spy Museum

700 L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington

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International Spy Museum

Open since 2002, the International Spy Museum recently opened its doors at its new location in L'Enfant Plaza. Dedicated to exploring the historical and contemporary roles of espionage, this museum welcomes 600,000 visitors annually. But real spying is not like a James Bond movie, and certainly not like an Austin Powers flick, "shagadelic" as that would be. It's a world of danger, secrecy, and tragedy, occupied by professionals who shun the limelight and don't ask for credit for their work. Check out this story about the museum on "CBS This Morning."

Since this is a spy museum, your first task is to go incognito. As you check into the museum, you'll be given a secret identity such as "John Smith from London, England. Tourist and Literature Professor." You'll then have the opportunity to explore the museum's many exhibitions, with artifacts and stories from real espionage operations. You'll even have the chance to test your own spy skills through RFID experiences.

Educational programs are available at the museum to various groups. There are special programs from teens and adults, birthday parties, people with disabilities, children and families, schools, scouts and more. Check out the program offerings at the museum below.

Educational Programs

The museum is open Monday-Friday from 9AM-7 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-8PM. Admission is $24.95 for adults (aged 13-64), $14.95 for youth (aged 7-12), and free for children under six. Seniors, military, law enforcement, intelligence community and college student tickets are $19.95 with valid ID. You can save $2 per adult ticket if you purchase online.

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