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Go on a mission at International Spy Museum

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Groups can go down the path of espionage, secrecy and mystery in Washington, D.C., and learn how spies have played a role in the country’s history.

Through interactive exhibits and hands-on components, visitors adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies and become the subjects of covert surveillance. 

School for Spies, International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

Photo: Courtesy of the International Spy Museum School for Spies, International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

“One of the favorite spots in the International Spy Museum is the School for Spies area where many of the spy gadgets and tools are shown,” said Aliza Bran, public relations and marketing coordinator for the museum. “The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display — so amongst the selection of weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies, there are incredible pieces like a one-shot Soviet lipstick pistol from the 1960s, a 240-year-old letter written by General George Washington setting up America’s the first spy network, and a shoe with heel transmitters used by the Romanians from the 1960s to the 1970s, among others.”

Open since July 2002, the International Spy Museum shares the largest collection of artifacts that have been on display for the public to see. These artifacts bring to life the people and techniques behind some of history’s most influential espionage actions.

The Operation Spy adventure is a popular activity for visitors. It puts them in the driver’s seat and allows them to work with others to find out who stole a trigger device and who was involved.

“Not only do the adults enjoy the interactive features and thrilling artifacts in the museum, but it’s a special opportunity for them to learn the secrets behind some of the news and excitement they’ve actually lived through,” Bran said.

The International Spy Museum is planning to move to its new location in the spring of 2019.

Visit GoDCGo.com for parking and transportation information.

For more information, call 202-654-2844 or visit spymuseum.org.

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Steph Lulofs, Associate Editor

Steph Lulofs’ career path curved through the daily newspaper world and made a stop in marketing before walking in the front door as Associate Editor at Group Tour Media. Her passion for research and writing is a good fit for her foray into blogging and driving editorial content for the northeast in Group Tour Northeast/Midwest magazine. When not on the road or at her desktop, Steph kicks back with her dogs, at the movies or between the pages of a good book. Meaning? She reads the book and then sees the movie.

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