COVID Safety Intel

We continue to maintain safety policies, such as mask requirements, and will reassess on a regular basis.  Please note that our capacity has recently increased and while we are not at our full pre-COVID capacity, guests that are more sensitive to crowds may want to spy on us after the popular summer season.


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Advance Tickets

To ensure social distancing and follow federal and local government guidelines, we have reduced our capacity. Buying your tickets in advance is highly recommended to ensure contactless entry and lowered wait times.

Rules and Recommendations

We are excited to reopen our doors to the public and we have put in place the following rules and recommendations to keep our guests, staff, and volunteers safe and stealthy.

  • WEAR A MASK. All guests ages 3+, staff, and volunteers must wear a mask when in the Museum. Masks must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, and fit snugly against the face.  Exceptions for those with medical conditions and/or sensory issues can be handled with advance notice. Due to the high volume of young visitors unable to get a vaccination, we require vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests to properly wear masks and follow other safety rules.
  • HEALTH MONITORING. Stay home if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID19, or have had known exposure to the virus. Your mission and the Museum will be waiting for you when you are better. 
  • LIMITED CAPACITY. While we are increasing capacity per the Mayor’s order, we will continue to prioritize guest safety. Therefore, you may be required to wait outside until your ticket time. Late arrivals will be accommodated based on capacity when possible.
  • FOLLOW TEAM MEMBER DIRECTIONS. Please follow directions from our team members and have patience as we work through our new operational procedures.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING. We encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties. 
  • PACE YOUR VISIT. To ensure spaces are not overcrowded and all guests are able to have an enriching experience, we highly recommend a visit of no more than 2 hours (including 15 minutes per gallery) and for guests to pace themselves by following a linear path through the exhibition. You can prepare for your visit by downloading the map.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY with soap and water or utilize the hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.
  • We have FINE-TUNED OUR INTERACTIVE STATIONS for your safety without compromising your experience. FREE STYLUS PENS ARE AVAILABLE to safely engage with the interactives. 
  • We have set our HVAC system on 100% OUTSIDE AIR. The exhibits floors have complete air turnover every 15 minutes. All air handling units have two stage MERV-13 filtration which provides 98% efficiency for particles 0.3 -1.0 micros. And the Museum’s humidity is maintained at 50% RH which helps to limit virus transmission.
  • CONTACT TRACING. Per Washington, DC guidelines, SPY will enforce contact tracing. If purchasing a ticket onsite, staff will ask for a full name, phone number, and email address. This information is only used, by request, for DC contact tracing officials. Your information will not be used or sold for any other use, such as marketing purposes. The data is stored for a minimum of 30 days before deletion.

If you are unable to visit the International Spy Museum during this time, be sure to check out some at home activities, workshops, and programs. We look forward to welcoming you back to spy on us soon! 

Questions or help in planning your visit? Please contact our call center at 202.393.7798 or email

Please note that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting the International Spy Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Here's what we're doing:

Limited Capacity

Stylus for Interactives

100% Outside Air Setting

Floor Markers for Distancing

Increased Cleaning

Hand Sanitizing Stations

Here's what you can do:

Online Contactless Tickets

Wear a Mask

Maintain Social Distance

Do Not Visit if Ill

Pace Your Visit

Wash or Sanitize Hands


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"A lot of fun! Appropriate measures were taken in light of COVID in such a way that it felt like the museum was always that way. Displays were well lit and easy to read. Definitely one of my favorites" - Chris Gillespie
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