The International Spy Museum Exterior
Cars from the James Bond Movies Spy School Tours

Welcome to the International Spy Museum and the world of espionage.
What interest brings you here?

Is it a love of spy “who-done-its” from film noir and the movies, or spy page-turners from literature? Perhaps it’s a fascination with history and a desire to learn secrets behind world events? Or maybe it’s an urgency to understand the complexities of our world today and the need for solid intelligence now, more than ever? No matter what motives brought you here…leave your preconceptions behind.

The International Spy Museum in Washington DC is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage.  Open since July 2002 and in development since 1996, the museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display – many have never been seen by the public.  These artifacts – from a 1777 letter by George Washington authorizing a New York spy network to a 1980s coat with a camera concealed in a button – bring to life the people and techniques behind some of the most influential espionage actions in world history.

Learn about the authentic tradecraft that has been used throughout time and around the world. Hear spies in their own words describe the challenges and the “game” of spying.

Featured Exhibit–  EXQUISITELY EVIL: 50 YEARS OF BOND VILLAINS

Meet Bond’s villains, discover their evil schemes, and see their exotic lairs and weapons in this SPECIAL EXHIBIT commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films. See over 100 artifacts from the films— including the Sea Vac drill from TOMORROW NEVER DIES, Le Chiffre’s inhaler from CASINO ROYALE, and a nerve gas sphere from MOONRAKER—all from the archives of EON Productions, the Bond film producers. Explore how the evildoers and their plots have changed to reflect their times and how James Bond has influenced the public’s perception of real espionage.

Accessibility: The Museum’s Permanent Exhibition and Museum Store are fully wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs may be borrowed at the Information Desk on a first-come-first-served basis.  Elevators provide access to all floors and exhibits. All restrooms in the Museum complex are wheelchair accessible.

For guests who are blind, a tactile map of the Museum’s floor plan is available at the Information desk. This acquaints guests with the layout of the Museum prior to entering the exhibit area.  Guests may also take advantage of an audio-described tour of the Museum led by trained Museum staff. This tour is approximately 90-minutes in length and covers the key content, labels, audio-visual presentations, and sites in the permanent exhibition, and includes tactile artifacts. These tours are available on a drop-in basis. If you are unable to participate in this tour we offer a 20-minute tactile orientation presented by a trained staff person. This is not a tour but a presentation of key concepts with tactile artifacts.

The International Spy Museum’s Spy’s Eye™ captioning system provides a state-of-the-art opportunity for guests to activate captions on videos in the Museum galleries with a credit-card sized triggering device worn around the neck.  Sign language and oral interpreter services or realtime captioning is available for public programs with two weeks advance notice.

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Phone

202.EYE.SPY.U
(202-393-7798)

Hours

March-Labor Day: 9am-7pm, After Labor Day-February: 10am-6pm; Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving, December 26-30: 9am-8pm; Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm; New Years Eve: 9am-6pm; The Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Last Admission for General Admission Tickets to access the Permanent Exhibition is 1 hour prior to closing.

Location

800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Big Bus Loop

Accessible by Yellow and Red loops

Metro

Accessible by Green, Yellow, and Red lines via Gallery Place/Chinatown stop

Parking

There are several parking lots and garages within a few blocks of the Museum. These include: an underground parking garage on 9th Street near the corner of 9th & G Streets, NW; and an underground garage on D Street between 8th and 9th Streets, NW. Limited street parking is available on 9th, 10th, F and G Streets, NW and throughout the neighborhood.

Gifts

The International Spy Museum Store