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30 Must-See Museums: Washington, D.C.

The International Spy Museum

An intriguing array of artifacts—including miniature cameras, lipstick-tube pistols and a shoe phone—can be found at the Spy Museum.

The International Spy Museum
This is one of the country’s most unusual museums and the only one of its kind in the world. A whiff of paranoia may be in the air, but you’ll walk away both entertained and enlightened about spy school, the history of espionage (the second-oldest profession), how spies are recruited and trained and nearly every other nonclassified tidbit there is to know about the spy world.

Highlights:
An intriguing array of artifacts—including miniature cameras, lipstick-tube pistols and a shoe phone—may seem outlandish, but, rest assured, the museum’s director and advisory board include longtime CIA members and a retired KGB general.

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