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How long should I spend at SPY?

Most visitors spend about 2 hours touring the general exhibition. If you choose to add an experience (such as Operation Spy or Spy in the City) to the general exhibition, plan on another 1 to 1½ hours. NOTE: Last ticket is sold one hour before closing.

Are holiday weekends and touring seasons popular?

Holiday weekends and touring seasons are popular at the Spy Museum.  Guests may expect lines and a wait to enter the exhibit space with timed tickets. We recommend guests take advantage of the Museum's extended hours and visit early/late. Click here for a current list of hours

A few touring tips for your SPY mission:

  •         Your ticket is good for all day, you may leave and reenter the Museum with a valid ticket.
  •         The Museum experience is designed for self-guided touring.  You may skip a section that looks busy and return later to enjoy.
  •         Operation Spy experiences tend to sell out, you can pre-book you mission online or consider the outdoor spy experience, Spy in the City.

What if I'm running late?

Don't worry, your general admission tickets are good for all day after the time that appears on your ticket! For Operation Spy missions our staff will do our best to get you into a later mission though, unfortunately, we can't guarantee availability. 

Why does the Museum charge?

The International Spy Museum, a 501(c)(3) private non-profit, operates completely independent of tax money or government funding. Your admission fee, together with retail and membership revenue, supports the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and education programs.

Are there special exhibits/experiences?

While most guests enjoy the general exhibition SPY offers two other experiences, Operation Spy and Spy in the City. Operation Spy is an interactive mission that lasts one hour and guests must be 12 or older. Spy in the City is a GPS-based interactive device that leads guests on an outdoor mission. 

Are there blackout dates for promotions?

Yes! The following blackout dates apply to all International Spy Museum special offers, including GROUPON. All vouchers will not be accepted: November 24-25; and December 27-29. Please note that tickets purchased directly through the International Spy Museum cannot be refunded in exchange for GROUPON vouchers. 

Is there an additional fee to see Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains?

No. Exquisitely Evil is included in the General Admission ticket. Visit our Buy Tickets page to purchase your tickets today!

Is the special exhibit "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains" more than Bond film artifacts?

While the exhibit has over 100 artifacts from 50 years of Bond films, it also includes many real life stories and artifacts.  Notes from the Real World panels demonstrate how Bond films paralleled real-life events, Spies on Bond and Reflecting on Bond video kiosks include former intelligence officers assessing Bond’s world, and the My Bond Moment theater has real spies, such as noted former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame and former Director of Central Intelligence Jim Woolsey, revealing their own Bond moments.  The exhibit ends with the Weapons of Mass Disruption gallery, with artifacts, video, and more highlighting current issues such as cyber terrorism. 

The top 10 artifacts to see in the Museum

  • The Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger
  • The Lipstick Pistol
  • The Spy Pigeon
  • Jaws’ teeth from Moonraker
  • A German enigma machine from 1944
  • An Oscar from a film director and one-time spy
  • Zao’s Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day
  • George Washington spy letter
  • Goldfinger’s golf shoes
  • Real-life hacktivist "Jester's" lap top

The best activities for younger spies (ages 10 and under)

  • Go on your own secret mission and climb through duct work
  • Test your spy skills on several computer interactives
  • Watch the James Bond car come to life
  • Vilify yourself with our new app
  • Diffuse an atomic bomb
  • Crack the code in Spy vs. Spy
  • Hang from a construction site and compare your time to Bond's
  • Go on a top-secret mission with our Family Missions Guide. Click here to Print in advanceor pick up at the Museum.

Visit on a weekday!

The Museum tends to be busier on weekends. If you can only visit on a weekend, plan to arrive early or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds and lines.

Should I order tickets ahead of time?

During peak season, advance ticket purchase is recommended. There may be a ticket purchase line along with a ticket holder line. Visitors who purchased tickets ahead of time will still need to wait in the ticket holder line.

Policies to remember when in the general exhibition

  • No eating or drinking
  • No flash photography
  • No strollers are allowed. Strollers may be left in the Coat Room and baby carriers are available to borrow at no charge.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.

To ensure the safety of guests and the collection, the Museum does not allow for strollers in the exhibition galleries. Strollers may be left in the Cloak Room and complimentary baby carriers are available. 

May I photograph the artifacts/exhibits?

Photography is permitted except in areas designated with “No Photography” signs. To protect objects being photographed and their copyrights, there are certain guidelines that must be followed when photographing at the Museum. Photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only.  Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.  Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted.

Photography must be conducted without disruption to the Museum and without blocking the accessibility to exhibitions, entrances/exits, and high traffic areas.

What benefits are available to members?

Members receive unlimited access to the general exhibition, express entry (no waiting in lines), discounts on guest tickets and in the Museum Store, and invites to top-secret events. To become a member of the inner circle, please visit our membership web page.  

Bicyclists are welcome!

A bicycle rack is located across from the Museum in front of the National Portrait Gallery.

What about parking for visitors coming by car?

Guaranteed Reserved Parking

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the International Spy Museum SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

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Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for the International Spy Museum in advance if driving.

Click below to purchase parking or select a location from the interactive map: