Directions to the Spy Museum Complex

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

Parking at the International Spy Museum

  • Garage Parking is available at the L'Enfant Plaza Garage*. You can reserve a parking spot with Ace Parking Online Reservations or pay upon arrival. You may validate your parking ticket at SPY for a 20% weekday discount and 50% parking discount on weekends. Discounts not available for online parking reservations.

    NOTE: Parking validation available only during the Museum's regular business hours. Present your same-day receipt or ticket at the Spy Store checkout counter to have your parking ticket validated. *Note: The Garage is not part of the Spy Museum. It 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." 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. Please note, the garage has limited spaces for large vehicles that are over 6 feet high. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the Museum.

    Once you have entered the garage, you may park on level G2 (red) or G1 (blue). Park in the Zone B of either level (lettered zones are noted on the columns and walls of the garage). 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.
  • Street parking is limited, please read signs carefully for parking hours and permit restrictions.
  • Valet Parking is available at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall, located just behind the Museum. Daily parking rate is $22.00 for up to 4 hours and $30.00 for 4-8 hours. For inquiries and directions, please call 202-484-1000.  Maximum allowable vehicle height is 6’.
  • Accessible Parking The District of Columbia allows extended parking at any meter, along with specific "red-topped" handicapped parking meters (the closest red-topped meter is located on 10th Street, SW, south bound lane close to Independence Avenue). Metered parking is available on 10th Street, SW, near the Museum.  The Ace L'Enfant Plaza parking garage also has handicapped parking.


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

Upon exiting the L’Enfant Plaza station, please proceed to the L’Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse, take the L'Enfant Plaza Exit up the escalator to enter the L’Enfant Plaza food court. Note: you will see Starbucks on your right as you reach the top of the escalator. Enter the glass doors straight ahead to access the food court

At the first hallway, when you reach Roti Mediterranean Grill, turn right.

Continue straight until you reach the Jamba Juice stand. You will see a large flight of stairs in front of you. Take the stairs up to the ground level and exit through the glass doors to your left once you reach the top. You have reached the back side of the Museum. Walk towards 10th street, SW to access the Museum's main lobby doors.

If an elevator is preferred, one is located in front of the Jamba Juice. Take it to the Plaza level. The Museum will be directly behind you when you exit from the elevator vestibule.

Please note the only ADA Accessible exit from L'Enfant Plaza is the 7th street exit. If you take this exit you can pick up the free Southwest Shuttle at its 7th street stop.


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

Free Southwest Shuttle
A free neighborhood shuttle bus makes regular stops at the museum, the mall, and the wharf, offering a convenient way to explore the local area. The shuttle is wheelchair accessible.

Driving Directions

Please be aware that the Museum is on the upper/ground level. If your route takes you through the underground portion of L'Enfant Plaza, SW, be sure to stay in the left-hand lane and take the ramp to the upper level toward L'Enfant Plaza/Banneker Circle. 

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



There are six bicycle stands in front of the museum, three in front of the spy museum store entrance, and three at the main entrance to the Museum.

There is a capital bikeshare stop one minute’s walk from the museum on 10th St & L'Enfant Plaza SW.