Today we were given a mission: make contact with and analyze The International Spy Museum, then report back to our fellow Adventure Parents!!
The International Spy Museum puts so much detail into every aspect of your visit- including having to assume a new identity before entering!
My kids got a real kick out of having to choose new names and “memorizing their stories”, just like real spys!
It took a solid 2 hours to make it through the entire museum. Most of it was over my four year old’s head, but he had a blast pushing all the buttons and trying to crack codes! While they did have fun, it is a bit complex for younger kids, and my 7 year old had a few questions about why spys needed guns and wondering if they were always watching her.
There was so much to see it was impossible for them to get bored, and their favorite part was climbing through the air vents (it’s a part of the experience, I swear!)
A lot was lost on my young kids, but I suspect that is why kids 12 and under are free. They definitely had a lot of fun and learned about spy culture. The fact that children get in for free is a huge bonus! Be aware that some of the audio and video content may not be appropriate for younger children. We found it easy to move kids past things that were inappropriate for thier age. While nothing is overtly graphic or offensive, certain subjects pertaining to spy culture and history may be upsetting to some children.
Know Before You Go:
– There are ( and it’s delicious restaurants are only a block or two away!) really close by, including Shake Shack which is directly across the street.
– which is only $2 per hour! If you’re unable to get street parking there is an unaffiliated parking garage attached.
– There is no where to purchase food on site, and you are not permitted to eat while exploring the museum.
– Not stroller friendly. All strollers must be folded up and stored in the coat room.
– Upon entrance, children are given a “mission” (piece of paper with questions to answer as they browse), and are told that if they complete it, they receive a special prize. They are not kidding when they say it has to be completed if you want that special prize. We found that out the hard way today.
-It was crowded while we were there, and therefore a little overwhelming for our littlest ones at times. Get there early to beat the crowds
In exchange for my time and efforts in attending the International Spy Museum and reporting my opinion within this blog, the International Spy Museum provided me with complimentary tickets. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.