I had some time to kill and actually headed in to this part of town looking for a mall, but even though google maps said it was there, I didn’t find anything! However, I did see the International Spy Museum and decided to give it a go… Even though it did look quite expensive for a whim experience!
To be honest I’m really not sure I can write enough about it to warrant a whole post for itself, however I did take some photos of some of the pretty interesting exhibits, which I wanted to show off!
When you first start you get in to a lift to get to the first level (and start) of the Spy Museum, which is done quite well, before heading in to a room where you read some information to assume an undercover identity. This is a really fun way to get you to interact. Everything is resented very seriously from this point, with a timer above the door which lets you see a short documentary about espionage. They keep going on about your new identity and the more they mention it, the more you feel like you are forgetting, but keep it all in your head as there are a few places where they test you about your alter-ego!
Exhibits cover all sorts of topics from James Bond villains (surprisingly cool exhibit) to weapons and disguises to photography… I think you can really enjoy this even if you’re not overly interested in espionage, even if just for the massive number of interactive exhibits you can get involved in. However, also don’t miss my favourite exhibit, as issued by the CIA – the rectal tool kit!
Definitely worth a visit if you have the time and get bored of seeing the more conventional museums and monuments… Don’t get me wrong, the monuments are all very impressive and it is amazing to see so much dedication and pride go in to remember your history, but especially when you don’t necessarily share that pride as an outsider, it is worth taking a break from them now and again in Washington.