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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shhh! Don't tell anyone but we visited the Spy Museum

Sometimes you have to be a little daring, live life on the edge. Take a risk.  And today, we did.  Even though it is a hot summer day, we ventured into Washington DC, dodging tourists and lobbyists and went to the International Spy Museum.

My dad brought his fancy new Nikon D5000 camera, but when he left his home in NJ to drive to our house a couple of days ago, he forgot the camera's battery charger.  So our task before we left for DC was to find a battery charger.  We had no luck, but he decided to pick up a new small Sony video camera that also would take still photos. 

Armed with the new camera, we snuck off on our adventure.

We found a nearby parking garage and parked the car, then made our way up to the museum, unobserved, of course.  I bought the tickets and we went inside were we were confronted with this sign:


Oh well, I'd just have to rely on my photographic memory to be able to share the exhibits with you.

Now, where am I and what am I supposed to be blogging about?

The overall museum contains tons of interesting items and has many hands on displays to interact with. 

 There were items like tiny button cameras as well as satellite cameras that can photograph from space even the writing on a baseball laying in your back yard.  Sort of makes you want to rethink that sunbathing you do in the backyard...

The museum is dimly lit, to add to the intrigue of the subject.  Unfortunately it made it hard to read a lot of the displays.  Being located in downtown DC, they made the most of the space in the building, but it caused alot of bumping into other people and toe stepping.

Overall, it is a pretty good museum and worth a couple hours of your time if you have seen everything in DC and are looking for something new to do.  But I was very distressed that they didn't pay homage to histories most brilliant spy:

No, not him!  HIM!!!

The International Spy Museum is located at 800 F Street NW, Washington, DC.  Admission is $18 for an adult.  Parking garage is right around the corner.  Don't even think of driving your RV here, your toad or tow vehicle is better, unless you want to Metro in.

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment.


  1. At first glance, I thought he was getting ready to sniff his shoe! Then I saw it was a phone. All I want to know is...where has that shoe been, and why would you want to put it next to your face?


  2. Nellie,

    You're too much of a youngster. "Get Smart" was a mid 1960's TV show, so you're excused for not understanding. ;c)

    Maxwell Smart had a phone in his shoe! Of course, he could have had some sticky calls if he stepped on some gum...

  3. Oh we loved that show! We have a Retro Television Network here on our broadcast ABC station sub channel that will show the Get Smart reruns from time to time. What fun!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard