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Getting to L'Enfant Plaza

The new International Spy Museum is located in the heart of L'Enfant Plaza, just two blocks south of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall and directly across from the United States Postal Service Headquarters in Southwest Washington, DC.

The Museum's address is 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington, DC 20024.

METRO/BUS

The closest Metro station is L’Enfant Plaza (Green, Yellow, Orange, and Blue lines).

Upon exiting the L’Enfant Plaza station, please proceed to the L’Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse, take the 9th & D Streets Exit up the escalator to enter the L’Enfant Plaza food court. At the first hallway, when you reach Roti Mediterranean Grill, turn right. Continue straight until you reach a staircase/elevator just in front of the Jamba Juice stand. Take the elevator or stairs to the ground level and exit through the glass doors. You will find yourself in the middle of L’Enfant Plaza. If you turn around, you will see the back of the International Spy Museum. Walk towards the Museum and 10th street, SW to find the Lobby doors.

A free Southwest Shuttle runs every 10 minutes between The Wharf, L’Enfant Plaza, and the National Mall. Get off at the L’Enfant Retail on 10th St. SW stop, right in front of the new Spy Museum.

Metrobus stops are located on Independence Avenue, SW, and along 7th Street, SW. Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website for more information.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the West:

  •        I-395N
  •        Take Exit 4 toward SW/Waterfront/Nationals Park/Maine Ave.
  •        Turn right onto L’Enfant Plaza, SW

From the North:

  •        Travel south on 9th street
  •        Travel through the 9th street tunnel
  •        Once on the south side of the tunnel take a right at the stop sign onto L’Enfant Plaza, SW

From the North East:

  •        50 W/New York Ave to I-395 S
  •        Use the second from right lane to take exit 5 for 7th street Southwest/L’Enfant Promenade
  •        Merge onto Frontage Road, SW
  •        Turn right onto 10th Street, SW

From the South East

  •        I-295N to I-695
  •        Use the right lane to merge onto I-395 S
  •        Use the second from right lane to take exit 5 for 7th street Southwest/L’Enfant Promenade
  •        Merge onto Frontage Road, SW
  •        Turn right onto 10th Street, SW

Parking:

Street parking is limited, please read signs carefully for parking hours and permit restrictions. Find convenient parking at the L’Enfant Plaza Garage*. You can reserve a spot with Ace Parking Online Reservations. Just pick the day you’ll need parking, pre-pay and print the reservation (or get it on your smartphone).

*Note: the Garage is located on lower 10th street. To access from the plaza level take the ramp going south on upper 10th street. Once underground, make a U-turn to access northbound lower 10th. Follow signs that say “To All Parking Areas” and “Hotel Parking.” The Parking Garage entrance will be on your right.  ACE parking staff will have you park close to the elevator for the south 490 L’Enfant Plaza building.

Once you have entered the garage, you may park on level G2 (red) or G1 (blue).  Park in the Zone B of either level.  Enter Building 490 Elevator lobby.  Press the Plaza level button.  Once you have exited the elevator on the plaza level, the street exit is to your left and you will see the back (east side) of the Spy Museum building.  You will walk on the left (south) side of the Museum to reach the Museum's lobby. The main entrance is on 10th street.