The International Spy Museum opened in a new location at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC on May 12, 2019.
Since 2002 the International Spy Museum, now located in Washington, D.C.’s L’Enfant Plaza, has offered the only collection of public exhibits in the world dedicated entirely to espionage across nations and throughout history. As soon as you arrive you’ll be given a “cover” identity and a mission to complete as you tour exhibits on spy gadgets and learn about famous spies before the 20th century, before and during World War II, and during the Cold War.
You can also immerse yourself in Operation Spy (recommended for ages 12 and older), in which you will be given one hour to locate a missing nuclear trigger before it falls into the wrong hands. Crack a safe, decode messages, and conduct a polygraph test of a suspect agent. Or arrange a visit with a group and compete in one of the museum’s scavenger hunts, complete with a decoder wheel and data-retrieval sheet.
Your ticket is valid up to 15 minutes after your scheduled ticket time. Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity. You may be required to wait until the next possible open time slot.
International Spy Museum
Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm. The museum’s hours are subject to change; check the web site for the dates you plan to visit. Last admission for entrance to the permanent exhibition is one hour prior to closing. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Admission: Adults (ages 13-64): $24.95
Parking: Street parking is limited. Additional parking at L’Enfant Plaza Garage. For more information, visit www.spymuseum.org/visit/getting-here/.
Metrorail: L’Enfant Plaza Metro station
Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle
Old Town Trolley
*Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP)