The International Spy Museum (SPY) is an independent nonprofit museum which documents the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage. It holds the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. The Museum opened in 2002 in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC, and relocated to a new, expanded building with all-new exhibitions at L'Enfant Plaza in 2019.

Every nation considers intelligence essential to its national security. The Museum lifts the veil of secrecy on the hidden world of intelligence, exploring its successes and failures, challenges, and controversies.

The Museum's mission is to create compelling exhibitions and other learning experiences that shed light on the shadow world of espionage and intelligence, educating and challenging each of us to engage critically with the complex world around us.

The Museum aims to provide an objective and apolitical forum for exploring important topics such as the impact of secrecy on civil liberties, the changing role of technology in intelligence work, and the challenges of disinformation in a social media environment. 

Board of Directors

The Museum's Board of Directors includes highly respected professionals from the Intelligence Community, Government, Media, and the business community

Advisory & Honorary Boards

The Museum's Advisory and Honorary Boards includes former top-ranking members of the Intelligence Community and experts in the field

Teacher Advisory Board

The purpose of SPY’s Teacher Advisory Board is to provide ideas and guidance to SPY’s Youth Education Team as they plan and implement new K-12 initiatives in the coming years. Together, this esteemed group of diverse educators serves as a voice for all educators and is a sounding board for the SPY staff as well.


Learn more about the International Spy Museum's Leadership Team

Community Initiatives

Strong community relationships help guide the Museum’s offerings and inspires diverse programming to local DC metropolitan community


Learn more about open positions at the Spy Museum

Belonging at SPY

We believe diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are integral to who we are and we value the unique contributions, ideas, backgrounds, and cultures that strengthen our SPY Team.