Accessibility

The International Spy Museum is committed to providing a quality experience for all of our guests. The following provides information about a range of accommodations.

Building Accessibility

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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. Guests are requested to leave a photo ID at the Information Desk while using Museum wheelchairs.

Elevators provide access to all floors and exhibits. All restrooms in the Museum complex are wheelchair accessible. There is minimal seating in the permanent exhibition, with the exception of three theaters located at the beginning, middle, and end of the galleries. Click here for a floorplan for the Museum complex.

For Guests Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

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There are many places in the International Spy Museum that feature tactile objects or audio components. For guests with sighted companions, a text-based map and description of these points of interest is downloadable or available at the Information Desk in the Museum Lobby.

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 are requested to leave a photo ID while using this map.

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, and sites in the permanent exhibition, and includes tactile artifacts. The audio-described tour is included with the Museum admission price and is recommended for small parties. 

**Please call 202.654.0991 or fill out a request form five days before your visit to reserve your tour. These requests are subject to availability and are provided at the discretion of the management.**

In addition, if you would like to read or review the Museum’s labels, a non-printable, non-copyable version of them can be accessed by clicking here. This searchable script is formatted to follow the order of the Museum’s galleries, by exhibit case.

For Guests Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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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. Guests can pick up a triggering device at the Museum's Information Desk, located in the Museum Lobby. Guests are requested to leave a photo ID at the Information Desk while using the triggering devices. For audio-only presentations, look for scripts or wall text placed near each of these presentations.

Scripts or wall text for the audio presentations throughout the Museum are placed near each of these stations.

For guests who are hard of hearing, headphones are available for all Operation Spy tours.  One hour advance notification is appreciated.

Sign language and oral interpreter services or real-time captioning is available for public programs with 48 hours to one week advance notice. Please call 202.654.0991 to request this service.