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International Spy Museum

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The International Spy Museum holds the largest collection of spy-related artifacts on public view in the world. Our mission is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. Using espionage as a lens to view traditional curriculum, the Museum provides unique programs and resources for both students and educators.


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Programs by International Spy Museum

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Cuban Missile Crisis simulation

Students become intelligence analysts at the CIA in 1962 examining declassified intelligence documents and U-2 photographs at various stages of the crisis. In this social studies standards-based lesson, students are challenged to make decisions...


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Mind Games - Intelligence Analysis

Spies go out into the world to collect secrets, but without analysis,there is no real meaning. Now it is your students’ chance to test their skills, uncover their cognitive biases, and dive into the world of intelligence analysis!


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Red, White and Spy

Reporting to General George Washington, students will travel back in time to 1781 and craft a deception operation. Their methods: covert communication, invisible ink, and codes and ciphers.  Integrating primary documents into a live action...


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Spy School 101

Uncover the secret history of history through the unique artifacts and gadgets at the International Spy Museum. Students will also test their own tradecraft skills through some observe and analyze activities.


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Spy's Eye View

Your students can gain first-hand knowledge of the shadow world of spying in a spy debriefing with a former CIA Case Officer or Analyst. In this 30-minute program, students will learn about the life of intelligence professional, how intelligence...


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Type of Organization



Lucy Stirn
700 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington District of Columbia 20024
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of International Spy Museum cover:

Social Studies/History
Language Arts/English
Technology/Information Science
Problem Solving
Gifted & Talented

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

  • Thank you so much for the
    wonderful field trip experience!  Our students (teachers too) really
    enjoyed it and we learned a lot! – 5th grade teacher from
    Frederick, MD

  • I just wanted to say thank you
    for the Spy School program yesterday! The kids were super engaged, and I appreciate
    how well you managed everything! We even got non-solicited positive
    feedback from families. – 8th grade teacher from San Jose, CA
  •  We thought it was the best virtual
    program that we have had for our grade level. I would highly recommend it to
    others! – high school history teacher, Little Falls, NJ