What You Need to Know About Operation Secret Slumber

Where will the program take place?

The program will take place in various areas of the Museum’s complex at 800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. All participants should enter through the Museum’s main entrance on F Street, NW. For details about directions and parking please visit our Getting Here page.

HOW OLD DO MY CHILDREN HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND OPERATION SECRET SLUMBER®?

Operation Secret Slumber is designed for children 9 to 13 years old.

WHAT IS THE PRICE PER PERSON FOR OPERATION SECRET SLUMBER?

The general price per person (per adult, per child) is $115.  International Spy Museum Inner circle members receive a discounted price of $105. Groups consisting of 10 or more participants will receive a discount rate of $105 per person.

IS THE TICKET PRICE THE SAME FOR KIDS AND ADULTS?

Yes- $115 per person ($105 for members). Both adults and children receive a high-quality unparalleled experience.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST INCLUDE?

Participants will experience a one-of-a-kind 7 hour program (including spy missions!) with exclusive access to the Museum during non-operating hours, access to the museum’s permanent and interactive exhibitions, time to interrogate a real spy, 2 snacks, a continental breakfast, a take-home goodie bag, and a night you will not soon forget!

WHAT TIME IS THE PROGRAM?

Check-in will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday.  The program will end at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

WILL WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM ON SUNDAY?

After the program concludes on Sunday, families will have complimentary access to the Museum until closing at 6:00 PM.  Please be aware that we will not be able to store your gear on-site after 10:00 AM.

DOES THE MUSEUM REQUIRE ADULTS TO SLEEP AT THE MUSEUM WITH THEIR CHILDREN?

Yes. The museum strictly enforces that an adult must be present with their children during Operation Secret Slumber program hours.  We require that 1 adult accompany every 2 children.

WHERE WILL WE SLEEP?

You will sleep in the Museum’s exhibition galleries. The Museum floors are hard—so bring a mattress pad or air mattress!

WHAT TIME IS BEDTIME AND WAKE-UP?

Lights out will be approximately 11:00 PM. We strictly enforce that when lights go out no personal electronic devices can be used except in cases of emergencies. Wake-up is 7:15AM with breakfast beginning at 7:45AM.

CAN WE SHOWER AT THE MUSEUM?

No, shower facilities are not available at the Museum.

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?

You should bring an air mattress or pad, sleeping bag, pillow, personal items (toothbrush, etc.), comfortable clothes and shoes, change of clothes, flashlight (optional), and your sense of adventure! It can get cold in the Museum overnight so we suggest you dress in layers. Not all areas of the Museum get completely dark—so if you are sensitive to low light you may consider bringing a sleeping mask.

WHAT CAN’T WE BRING?

No food/snacks/candy unless given prior approval, chewing gum, drinks, electronic games or devices, cigarettes (we are a non-smoking facility) or weapons.  Please leave your valuables at home. The International Spy Museum is not responsible for any lost or misplaced items or money.

WILL MEALS BE SERVED?

We do not serve dinner on Saturday night so please eat prior to arriving. The Museum will provide an early evening snack (crackers, pretzels, candy, and juice), a pre-bedtime snack (cookies, milk, fruit) and a continental breakfast (fruit, cereal, muffins, pastries, bagels, coffee, tea, juice). If you or your child has food allergies please call us to discuss bringing your own food to Operation Secret Slumber, 202.654.0933.

CAN I BRING MY PERSONAL MEDICATIONS TO THE EVENT?

Yes, but please be aware that the Museum cannot refrigerate medications nor assist in the administration of medicines.  Personal medications should be placed in a safe and secure location within your personal belongings throughout the event.

WILL THE CHILDREN BE WITH THE ADULTS OR SEPARATE THROUGHOUT THE EVENT?

Adults and children will be together for Spy’s Eye View (a discussion with a spy) and the first mission (Mocktail Party)—then the children will work in teams of 8 or 9 on a series of spy missions with an adult Training Officer. Adults will have their own mission—to experience Operation Spy (the Museum’s action packed interactive spy mission) and then visit the Museum’s permanent exhibition to conduct surveillance on the kids. Adults and children will meet together for evening snack, bedtime, and breakfast on Sunday morning. After breakfast, the kids will get into their spy teams again for one more mission-then the teams are debriefed with the adults present and everyone will take part in a dramatic conclusion to the program.

CAN MY CHILDREN AND THEIR FRIENDS OR SIBLINGS BE ON THE SAME TEAM?

Yes, they can be placed on the same team or separate teams when requested. Teams usually consist of 8-9 children and are a mix of boys and girls who are grouped by age. 

WHAT IS THE RESERVATION PROCESS FOR OPERATION SECRET SLUMBER?

Required paperwork must be filled out properly in order to purchase a ticket. The information you will need includes all adults’ names, children’s names, children’s ages, children’s gender, adult mailing address, adult e-mail address, two phone numbers, and your credit card information.  We require payment by credit card or debit card.  Credit cards are typically processed within 48 hours of submission. The program fee is non-refundable. A space cannot be reserved without full payment. A signed media and liability release form will be required. 

If we did not answer all of your questions, please feel free to call us at 202.654.0933.