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International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum, Washington DC © David
The International Spy Museum, Washington DC © David

The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of publicly displayed international espionage artefacts in the world. It is the result of years of planning and advice by former officials of the CIA, FBI and KGB. Interactive exhibits cover the history of spying and espionage techniques during the 20th and 21st centuries. There is also a section dealing with high-tech gadgets such as bugs and tiny cameras, with interactive stations exploring disguises, code breaking and threat analysis. There are several interactive exhibits like safe and code-cracking, escape rooms and polygraph tests, experiences which are combined with special effects and live action. The museum complex includes a restaurant, spy-theme cafe and shop.

Address: 800 F Street NW

Website: www.spymuseum.org

Telephone: (202) 393 7798

Transport: Gallery Place/Chinatown or National Archives/Navy Memorial metro stations

Opening times: Open daily from 9am to 7pm.

Admission: $25 adults, $15 youths aged 7 - 11, free for children under six. Other concessions available.