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Visiting the International Spy Museum: A Photo Tour

By Bryan Black

Ever since learing about the International Spy Museum‘s opening, back in July of 2002, I’ve wanted to visit. Being the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to the world of espionage, was enough to include it on my bucket list. While in Washington D.C. a few weeks back, I had the opportunity to stop by and visit for a few hours.

International Spy Museum

As you may have gathered from our article content on ITS, I’m very fond of our country’s roots in espionage and ways that we can continue to learn and adapt certain principles from it into our everyday lives. From situational awareness, human intelligence, surveillance detection routes and even dead drops, these techniques continue to live on as viable options for the common man to protect against imminent threats.

The Spy Museum bills itself as “the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, many being seen in public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions, as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.”

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I’m very glad that a resource like the International Spy Museum exists and is helping the public learn about an important facet of our rich history. I wish that I would have had the time to sit through some of their lectures or interactive experiences. The museum has something for everyone, including families and specific lectures geared towards kids.

Below, I’ve assembled a collection of photos I took there that will hopefully give you a taste of what the museum is like. However, it’s truly something that should be experienced in person and not to be missed! For more information on the International Spy Museum, including how to plan your visit or just to learn more about the world of espionage, visit them online.

Click here to view the gallery photos above in our Flickr Set.

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  • aviationgearhead

    Wish you would have told me. Would have loved to have a beer with you.

    • aviationgearhead Unfortunately it was a short trip that was jam packed with places to visit, we’re hoping to head back next year and will try to organize an ITS Meet-up. Beers will certainly be part of it 🙂

  • redraven88

    Awesome tour!

  • stincky1

    Dare I say that it’s a well-kept secret?

    • stincky1 It’s fairly public 🙂

    • stincky1

      bryanpblack stincky1 Still, I can’t resist a joke

  • Looks awesome, I’m going to have to check that out next time we are there. I just got done reading (listening) to Inside Delta Force which had a bunch of talk about trade craft. Goes right along with those photos.

  • benjisimon

    If you haven’t seen it, next time you’re in DC, you should check out the National Cryptologic Museum ( While not as large or as flashy as the Spy Musuem, it’s mighty impressive. Besides, where else you can actually type away on a real enigma machine?

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