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The International Spy Museum is the first public museum in the world solely dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage. The museum houses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display comprised of more than 600 artifacts used for espionage throughout the world. In here you?ll learn about microdots and invisible ink, buttonhole cameras and submarine recording systems, bugs of all sizes and kinds. Located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the museum offers lectures, films, book-signings, and family activities covering a wide range of spy-related topics as well as uncovers stories of individual spies from Moses to Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth I to George Washington, Cardinal Richelieu to Joseph Stalin.

The museum houses various exhibits on espionage methods and materials dating back from the Greek and Roman empires, the British empire, the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, the World Wars, and the Cold War years. Various visitor-interactive stations are also located throughout the exhibit areas. An 8-minute feature film can be viewed at the end of the exhibit area showing how modern technology has changed the face of warfare and terrorism.

Test your skills of observation, analysis, and surveillance at various interactive stations such as the Operation Spy which is a mix of live-action, themed environments, special effects and hands-on activities like cracking a safe, decoding messages, and conducting a polygraph test of a suspect agent. In Spy in the City, visitors are given a GPS-type device and tasked with finding clues near various landmarks in the area surrounding the museum in order to complete a mission. Visitors will also enjoy the museum?s unique entry called Choosing a Cover wherein visitors are given 5 minutes to memorize details of one of 16 spy profiles they are to assume before they can proceed into the exhibit area. Other exhibits include a re-created tunnel beneath the divided city of Berlin during the Cold War and an exhibit on escape and evasion techniques in wartime.

Visit the museum store and browse through unique gifts and gadgets, and grab a bite at the museum?s two restaurants next door, Zola and Spy City Cafe.
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