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International Spy Museum, Washington, District of Columbia

800 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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  • Visited: February 2013
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2013
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Get your spy on

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The younger your kids are the less you are likely to get out of this visit. There are a lot of boards to read and it is probably best suited for middle school kids.

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  • Visited: March 2012
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I Spy... A Museum?

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The beginning can seem a little long but be patient, the museum is worth it!

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My son said "The next time your child says..."Oh, another Museum? What a drag!"...Just tell them about this one."

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Rochester, New York

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  • Visited: April 2012
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
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Clever, Interactive Museum Full of Gadgets and Gizmos for Espionage

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Ticket prices range from $19.95 for adults (ages 18-64), $14.95 for seniors (ages 65+), and $13.95 for youth (ages 7-17). Children ages 6 and under are free. Keep an eye out for discounts. I was able to use a Groupon discounted ticket for only $10 for an adult. So keep your eyes open for specials.

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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  • Visited: June 2009
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2012
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OK, so who is the mole?

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Make sure you carry enough $$ to get in. Eat and use the ''facilities'' before playing the spy game. Easy to lose sight of the little ones, so keep tabs on them should they run off, it can get pretty dark in there.

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Submitted by: Jess Y.

3.5 stars. My friends had been raving about this place since it opened up years ago but I never had a chance to actually come and check it out.  So, when the living social coupon came out, I decided to snag it and drag along one of my friends.  I was really excited about the museum and I think overall, it has a LOT of material.  I like the whole introduction where you have to memorize a secret cover and pretend that you, too, are a spy.  I bet this would be a great hook for any kids coming in.  There were also a lot of really interesting artifacts throughout the museum and a lot of interactive opportunities to be a spy.  I especially enjoyed crawling through the air ducts and trying to find the secretly hidd...

Submitted by: Aaron A.

For my wife's birthday we decided to explore a few thing to do in our backyard (DC), and the spy museum was one of them.  We were told to go to the museum early as to avoid lengthy lines (so we went on Friday morning) where there was no wait at all.  When we got there, the ticket people in the front were very nice and greeted us pleasantly.  Without any preconceived notions, we went in open minded and were both fascinated with all of the artifacts and videos.  It took about two hours to go through which is about all I can handle at any museum so that worked out well too.  The last exhibit which must have been added very recently was also very interesting to us which spoke about cyber terrorism and espionage....

Submitted by: L C.

We got free Groupon tix from a friend who couldn't go. It's a pretty expensive museum and unless you get free or discount tix, I don't think it's worth it. Parking during the weekend--SUCKS. We circled around for more than 30 minutes. It's in a location of DC that's packed with other hot spots, so there's tons of people. When we got to the museum, it was packed and it took us another 30+ minutes to even get into the exhibits. Bring your patience this day!!! Once you're inside, you can pace yourself. If you take your time, you can easily spend 3 hours here. As far as the exhibits, it didn't change my life. I think my favorite things were like the lipstick cameras and the cars. A lot of the exhibits have a lot...

Submitted by: Dana Z.

Eh, found it just ok for me.  I've been wanting to go but never wanted to pay whatever it costs to get in... so when living social ran a deal (with 15% off the gift shop) I figured it would be a good time to go.  The living social deal came with a free key chain which was actually perfect since I collect key chains and was going to buy one anyway... Anyway, the best part about this museum for me was probably the parts about Berlin (since I had been there recently) and then the part about some of the "famous" spys... like Julia Child and Marlene Deitrich.  That's bad ass! Some of the artifacts they had around were interesting but most of it I just felt like passing on by.  I don't have any kids (uh yeah, than...

Submitted by: Laine A.

I wanted this to be much cooler, more interactive, so it is probably fair to say I had unfair expectations. However, they do kind of set you up for that when you are at the counter paying, then let you down.  When you start out, you have to assume an identity and memorize a half a dozen facts about this person. Cool right? I was thinking I would be acting like a spy the whole time. Then you go to a "Briefing" room, to get a 5 minute or so 411 film on being a spy. Then you take a touch screen 'test' to see how many items you remembered about your identity. You are also given some additional facts to memorize. Next, you tour the museum for about 90 minutes reading about how lonely, sad, stressful, and  isolati...

Submitted by: Ann M.

I went to the museum with my  8 YO son! WOW he loved it! It was a little pricey, but for him to enjoy it as much it was well worth every penny! At the beginning when you went up in the elevator and had to stand in the "cover" room for what seem like 15 mins it became kind of annoying because after about 5 mins you wanted to leave. I LOVED the video it was very informative and kept both my interest and my sons interest. I would have enjoyed it more if there were more interactive things to do. He did find the "bug" in the museum and we had a blast listening to other peoples conversations without them knowing. I would def take him and my other children back there back again! BE FOR-WARNED if you do plan on visi...

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