International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.
The International Spy Museum is a privately owned museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. The museum is located within the 1875 Le Droit Building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., across the street from the Old Patent Office Building (which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery) and one block south of the Gallery Place Metro station.
International Spy Museum will be relocating to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. ‘s Carnegie Library building at Mt. Vernon Square.
More than 750 artifacts are on public display at the International Spy Museum, within the 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, supported with historic photographs, interactive displays, film, and video. The permanent collection traces the complete history of espionage, from the Greek and Roman empires, the British Empire, the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War, and through present day espionage activity.
Operation Spy is an immersive, interactive experience at the International Spy Museum where you’re the spy!
From the moment you pass border patrol, you enter the exotic world of Khandar and the mysterious realm of espionage. Waiting in the bus depot for your field station contact to meet you, you can’t help but notice disturbing newscasts on the aging TV monitors. You sense the political unrest roiling the country of your late-breaking assignment. You size up your new colleagues, who are also waiting…
In Operation Spy, visitors assume the roles of covert agents and participate in a one-hour Hollywood-style spy simulation, in which they move from area to area and are faced with puzzles, tasks, motion simulators, sound effects, and video messages as they work through a mission involving the interception of a secret arms deal involving a nuclear trigger.
The International Spy Museum has an excellent online store- the SPY MUSEUM STORE.
With everyone’s favorite SPY vs SPY.
The International Spy Museum’s 5,000 square foot store features a diverse selection of merchandise that mirrors the Museum’s presentation of the tradecraft and history of espionage as well as the popular interpretations of that profession. Items for sale include over 500 books, maps and prints; a wide range of spy-related toys and educational products; pop culture merchandise; disguise kits and paraphernalia; spy craft items; exhibit-related products; one-of-a-kind spy collectibles; and souvenir items.