Always Wanted to be a Spy?
The International Spy Museum stands right by Washington DC. This high tech museum exists to educate the general public about the history as well as the current state of the international spy community.
The museum has several immersive attractions. One of its most unique and exciting is Operation Spy. In this special experience, anyone over 12 can become a spy. Welcome to Khandar. In this mission, you must retrieve the trigger device and find the culprit who found it. You will have to search rooms, be aware of your surroundings, pay attention, and trust the right or wrong people. The whole mission is impressive and immersive, despite being completely all within the museum. It is an experience you can only have at the museum, unless of course you’re an actual spy.
The museum’s collection and rooms of spy gadgets from ancient to present is nothing to scoff at. Weapons, visual and audio recorders, films about spies, interviews with former members of intelligence agencies such as the CIA, visual recreations; the museum has an enormous amount of information about spies and the technology used by them.
One of the museums most extensive stops is the James Bond Passage. James Bond is an iconic, dashing and brilliant spy. His adventures against various villains who threaten the world have captured the imaginations of many. It is no surprise that he should have an entire passage dedicated to him. Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bind Villains presents a ginormous history of James Bond and his battles. From Ian Fleming and his work during WWII that helped him write his James Bond novels, to the latest James Bond films and villains, this passage offers an in depth look at the history of James Bond and its villains.
Contained within the various Exhibits are details about James Bond villains like Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Dr. Kananga, and how their schemes reflected on real world issues at the time. Also of note are the countless movie memorabilia and artifacts on display, including Jaw’s steel teeth from the movie The Spy Who Loved Me, and the Zorin Space Ship from A View to Kill. Parts of the various exhibits have fun small activities for guest to enjoy. Disarm a bomb in Operation Atomic Countdown, or use surveillance cameras to spy on Mr. Bond and mess around at Mr. Blofield’s missile controls. Frankly, the James Bond passage could be a museum in of itself, but ultimately is simply a part of the museum.
By the end of your trip, you may want a souvenir of some kind. Fortunately the Museum’s gift shop is state of the art and extensive. Spy shirts, books, gifts, and even several special events, the gift shop feels like an extension of the visit itself.
The International Spy Museum is an amazing experience. It is unlike any other museum, being very current and ancient at the same time. It feels like a whole new world, when it is in reality only a reflection of it.