Written by Jody Trammel

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum

DC International Spy MuseumSpies have played a big part in history for thousands of years. And even today, they continue to shape world events. Visitors at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. get a first-hand look at everything that goes into living a life of espionage.

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The International Spy Museum opened its doors in 2002 and remains the nation’s only pubic museum dedicated to espionage. It’s also the world’s only museum to take a look at the profession of spying from an international perspective. And its collection of espionage artifacts is the largest to ever be displayed publically.

The museum was in development for over seven years before its opening, during which time countless experts in the intelligence community were consulted to ensure the information presented was well-rounded and thorough. Today, the museum’s board includes former directors and officers from the CIA, FBI, and KGB, among other agencies and organizations.

Visiting the museum

Today, the International Spy Museum boasts over 750 artifacts, along with interactive displays. Visitors enter the museum as young spies who receive cover identities and are briefed on their missions. They learn about the craft of espionage, including: how spies are recruited, what prompts them to accept the challenge, skills and tools needed for the job, how spies are trained, and how they operate. Guests also learn about espionage throughout history, beginning in the biblical ages and moving on to spies of the present era, including revealing celebrities who also served as spies, like Josephine Baker and Julia Child.

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