The International Spy Museum is located at 700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington DC 20024.
Open daily from: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Is the Museum appropriate for children and school groups?
Yes! While children of all ages are welcome, those aged 10 and up will gain the most from the exhibitions. Children are encouraged to experience the interactive activities at the Museum marked on the Spy Guide.
The Museum's permanent exhibition and Museum Store are fully wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs may be borrowed at the Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are requested to leave a photo ID at the Information Desk while using Museum wheelchairs. Elevators provide access to all floors and exhibits. All restrooms in the Museum complex are wheelchair accessible.
CAPACITY: We will be operating on a strictly limited capacity.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: All staff and guests should practice 6 ft. Social distancing at all times. interactives and theatres will be altered to maintain social distancing.
LINEAR FLOW: Separate Museum entrance (Main Lobby) and exit (Spy Store). Recommended one–way flow in exhibits.
TIME LIMIT: Recommended two–hour time limit for guests.
HAND SANITIZER: We encourage frequent hand washing and are providing hand sanitizer throughout the Museum, including in exhibit spaces and by specific interactives.
DOORS: Hallway doors will be propped open and bathroom foot–door openers installed.
INTERACTIVE: All guests will be given a stylus free of charge to use interactives.
SPY GUIDE: Online version available and encouraged. Maps self–serve only.
CLOSURES: Some interactives, like Hangtime and the Air Duct, have been modified for a contactless experience.
UNDERCOVER MISSION BADGE: No lanyard, self–serve only.
• We have adjusted the guest experience to ensure social distancing.
• Enhanced cleaning practices have been incorporated. Staff will follow CDC cleaning, training and disinfection guidelines, including purchase and use of products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID–19. The Lobby, the Spy Store, and both floors of the exhibition have dedicated cleaning personnel.
• Our HVAC system has been adjusted to utilize 100% outside, fresh air.
• Individuals traveling with groups, experiencing COVID–19 related symptoms as described by the CDC, are asked to not visit the Museum.
Please visit spymuseum.org/covidsafety for latest intel.
Enjoy the 45 Wharf Boat Cruise Wednesday – Sunday departing the Wharf between 11:45 am - 7:15 pm.
This water taxi offers direct routes between the Wharf, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. Before you board the boat cruise you must get your printed ticket receipt from a Big Bus Representative. Take the printed Big Bus receipt to the Water Taxi ticket booth on the dock and they will assign your departure time. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to allow time for this.
Location: Dock: Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St SW (Pedestrian access only). Located between Blair Alley SW & 9th St SW. Drop-Off: 950 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC. Closest stop is Stop # 9 which is located at 800 Maine Ave SW (North-East corner of Maine Ave SW & 9th Street).
Big Bus Tours Washington DC operates 364 Days a year as we are closed on 25th December. Occasionally, service may be affected by roadworks, city events, poor weather and other unpredictable circumstances. Tour times are subject to traffic, weather and other events, so please check with a member of staff or check our service information for the most up-to-date Tour scheduling information. Our Night Tour runs every Thursday - Sunday evening from Stop #1: L'Enfant Plaza and takes approximately 90 minutes. Tour departure times differ throughout the year: Tours until 8th November - 20th March depart at 7:00pm Tours from 21st March - 7th November depart at 8:00pm Please note, this is a panoramic tour, not a hop-on, hop-off service.
Yes –we’ll ask you to select the date you’d like to hop on the bus. If you’re touring with us for more than one day, your ticket must be used across consecutive days, and the date you select at time of booking should be the first day of your tour. Some tours also require you to select a time of travel, to guarantee your seat. If your ticket includes extras, you may also need to book additional dates & times for all elements of your ticket after your purchase is complete. See your booking confirmation email for instructions.
Child tickets are available for children aged between 3 and 12 years. Children aged 2 years and under may travel free of charge. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and pushchairs must be folded and stowed on the lower deck.
No food or alcohol is permitted on board the bus. Please feel welcome to bring non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles.
Big Bus operates wheelchair accessible vehicles that can accommodate weight up to 650 pounds. Please be advised that our entire fleet in Washington DC is not wheelchair accessible. If you or your travelling partner(s) requires an ADA accessible vehicle, please contact us no less than 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement. We can then arrange for a suitable vehicle to be available at the time and location required. Please also note that passengers with mobility impairments may not be able to access the upper deck on our buses. We cannot guarantee the accessibility of the various attractions along the tour.
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The Deluxe ticket covers all of Washington DC from day to night. With our hop-on and hop-off stops, and the open-top deck, this is definitely the best way to see Washington D.C. The tour includes all of the hop-on, hop-off loops and shuttles for 2 days. With the Deluxe Ticket, you can also enjoy the 90 minute illuminated Night Tour of this world famous city! Included with your Deluxe Ticket is General Admission to the International Spy Museum and a cruise on the Potomac with Wharf Sightseeing Cruises. Enjoy more with the Big Bus Deluxe Tour!
All guests ages 3+ must wear a mask when in the Spy Museum. Masks must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, and fit snugly against the face. Please visit spymuseum.org/covidsafety for latest intel.
Please note: At the time of purchase, you will be booking your spot on the Big Bus Night Tour. After purchase, you will need to check-in for any additional services. This can be done via our booking portal or with our on street sales team in your destination.