We are working on our non-touristy adventure list here in DC. Yesterday we took a family adventure to the International Spy Museum. We had a great time!
The Spy museum was fully handicap accessible and was great for our family. We discovered the Galley Place/Chinatown stop was the best stop for us. Unfortunately we didn't discover the elevator until we were street level, but my hubby had his legs on and we just made it work like we always do. After a very short walk we arrived at our assignment. We got our tickets and rode the elevators up to get our aliases. My hubby and I let the girls pick. I don't think we could have remembered much more. We watched our welcome movie and then we were off to go exploring.
The Spy museum is set up in chronological order (for the most part) so you are spying through time. It's really cool to see how spying has evolved over time. It was amazing to see how the most common objects can be turned into spy helpers. Our girls had a blast with all the hands on activities. They love crawling around in the air ducts and spying on those down below. We had several impromptu home school lessons as we walked through. We were able to tell the girls the story of Troy, Queen Elizabeth and her cousin Mary, the Rosetta Stone and so very much more.
I would recommend you visit the Spy Museum when you can. We had a lot of fun learning about international spies. The one fact that got me was there are more spies in DC then any other place in the world. So we really are being watched. You can visit the gift shop at any time for free. And there you can pick up all sorts of cool little spy helpers. Our girls choose the edible paper set, the pen that came with its very own light so you could reveal the hidden message and some hair dye. When we came home our spy adventures continued. Something tells me they will continue today as well.
We had a great visit at the spy museum. Our girls are 7 and 9 and were able to fully enjoy everything there. My hubby, our friends and I all had a great time too. I don't think a child under 7 would have a very good time. Our youngest lost interest in a lot of things. I am thinking this museum is for kids 9 and up. But the good news is it is fully handicap accessible. The only thing my hubby couldn't do was crawl through the air ducts. I think he was happy to miss out on that one. If you get a chance check out their site http://www.spymuseum.org/ soon. Then you and your family can go on your own spy adventure.