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Operation Spy

Operation Spy is an immersive, interactive experience at the International Spy Museum where you're the spy!

Critical Mission Intel

  • Agents must be 12 years and older to enter the Operation Spy mission.
  • Each mission is limited to 15 people per tour.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time for debriefing.
  • Does not require advanced training or a license to kill.
  • Guests will forfeit their Operation Spy ticket if they arrive after the start time printed on their ticket.

Step out of Washington and into the fictional country of Khandar!

In an action-packed hour, you will take on the role of a US intelligence officer on an international mission to locate a missing nuclear device before it falls into the wrong hands. You will take part in an intrigue-filled adventure based on actual cases drawn from intelligence files.  Challenged to “feel, think, and act” like real intelligence officers, you will uncover layers of deception to reveal a world of double agents and corrupt officials. In pursuit of your mission you will engage in many actions including:

  • Conduct video surveillance of a clandestine meeting
  • Decrypt a secret audio conversation
  • Penetrate and escape from a high-security compound
  • Crack a safe and search for clues under threat of discovery
  • Conduct a polygraph test of a suspect agent
  • Weigh ambiguous evidence and make split-second decisions

This intense experience combines live-action, video characters, themed environments, special effects, and hands-on activities. 



Operation Spy is an active experience for ages 12 and above. Participants will encounter some low light levels and confining spaces, an elevator, motion simulators, sound effects, and physical and mental challenges. There is one set of stairs that participants must walk up and down; however, there is no crawling, climbing, or jumping. Operation Spy is limited to 15 people per tour and is accessible to all. Guests who require the use of a wheelchair or walker must purchase their Operation Spy tickets directly from the International Spy Museum by calling 202.654.0991.