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Field Trips

Why Spy?

Enter the shadow-world of spying where all is not what it seems and your students will discover a new way of thinking about the world in which they live. The International Spy Museum is committed to educating students and educators about espionage in an engaging way and to providing a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum provides unique resources for educators and students that are both inter- and multi-disciplinary.

The Museum Experience:

Memorize your cover identity and get ready to explore the Museum's School for Spies gallery in which over 200 spy gadgets can be discovered. From the buttonhole camera to the lipstick pistol, students will be amazed by the real world of espionage and the science and technology of spy gadgetry. Students can also test their spy skills at interactive stations that explore disguise, surveillance, observation, and analysis.

In themed exhibition galleries, students explore over 2,000 years of the Secret History of History, from spies of ancient times through the Cold War and into the 21st Century.

Finally, students examine the impact James Bond has had on public perception of the real world of intelligence in the Museum's newest exhibition Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. Discover how each villain provides a window into the real world threats and fears of recent history.

The International Spy Museum recommends that groups spend about 1.5 - 2 hours in the Museum exhibits so that they fully experience the Museum. 

Customize your visit with add-on experiences including Student Workshops, Operation Spy, and Spy in the City.

School Group Pricing for Museum Admission:

The Museum offers special rates for school groups of 10+ . 

School Group Rate: $14.50 per person
Summer Camp Group Rate: $14.50 per person 

*Local School Group Rate: $6 per person
*Local Title 1 and all District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS):  Free
(Must provide additional information to qualify)

*(Local School Counties: District of Columbia, Maryland: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Virginia: Arlington, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Stafford) 

Note: One adult chaperone is required for every ten students and receives complimentary Museum admission. Valid only on the self-guided Museum admission. Applies to K-12 Schools only.


The Museum requires one chaperone for every ten students. The required chaperones MUST be present with the students at all times within the Museum (including during student workshops). Unchaperoned or misbehaving students are subject to being escorted out of the Museum and may not be allowed admission in the future.


Based on availability, groups who have booked a student workshop can bring disposable bag lunches and eat them in the Museum classroom. This must be arranged during the reservation process. The Museum is not responsible for transporting or storing lunches during the visit. 

To Book a Field Trip:

Fill out and submit the Field Trip Request Form and a member of our Group Reservations Department will contact you within two business days.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Full payment and final numbers must be received 14 days prior to your visit or your reservation will be cancelled. Groups can receive a full refund if they cancel up to 14 days prior to their arrival date. The Museum is unable to issue a refund to groups that cancel within 14 days of arrival, unless a visit is cancelled due to the Museum or the group’s site being closed due to inclement weather or a state of emergency. 

Accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or checks. The International Spy Museum will NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment.


Contact our Group Reservations Department by emailing or calling 202.654.0943.