If your idea of a fun museum experience includes adopting a cover and memorising your alias’s vitals—age, provenance, travel plans and itinerary (you’ll be asked questions later)—you’ve come to the right spot. Testing your sleuthing abilities, along with gawking at an array of spy gadgets, including KGB-issued poison pellet shooting umbrellas and Germany’s Steineck ABC wristwatch camera, adds up to fun for some folks—many of them under 20. James Bond junkies will be in heaven—the groovy silver Aston Martin from 1964’s Goldfinger assumes a central spot on the circuit. And in 2013, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, with over 100 film artifacts, marked the anniversary of the Bond films. There’s interesting stuff, too, about the part played by codes and codebreaking in World War II, about the spying heyday of the Cold War, and the modern world of cyber attacks and cyber forensics. Not surprisingly, the museum has proved a huge hit since it opened in 2002; consider booking tickets in advance.
|Venue name:||International Spy Museum|
800 F Street
|Cross street:||between 8th and 9th Streets|
|Opening hours:||Daily 9am-7pm|
|Transport:||Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro|
|Price:||Admission $19.95; $14.95–$15.95 reductions; free under-6s|