The Metro Washington D.C. area is home to several agencies of the United States intelligence community, but most of their official museums including the Central Intelligence Agency Museum and Defense Intelligence Agency Museum can’t easily be visited by the public. Fortunately, for those with an interest in all things of a clandestine nature, there is the International Spy Museum, a privately-run, non-profit museum located near the Washington Mall in the heart of the city.
Within its multiple floors are numerous exhibits, along with some 1,000 artifacts that chronicle the role that espionage has played form the ancient era to the modern day, with an emphasis from the American Revolution to the Cold War. While by no means a “military museum” in the truest sense, the International Spy Museum still has a number of fascinating pieces sure to interest military history buffs.
In addition, the museum has exhibits focused on various pop culture spies, and who wouldn’t like to see James Bond’s Aston Martin up close?
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