OK cloak and dagger fans, here is your chance to live the Bond lifestyle at the International Spy Museum located near China Town in Northwest Washington DC, and a middle length walk from the JW on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Having been involved in the creation of the place and considered (ever so briefly) as curator for it, I feel a warm spot for the museum. If you can prove that you're in the trade (and that's very hard to do) there is a one dollar discount for admission. If you have an ID card that says spy on it you most likely made it yourself!
But is is a fun place to visit, to assume new identities, gaze on gadgets that even Bond and Company never tried, and have a nice few hours. The gift shop has expensive items that you might never wear at home or abroad unless you enjoy being spotted and tailed.
Jaleo, a Tapas place around the corner, is an excellent pre- or post-Museum dining spot.
Speaking of Bond and Company.....best Bond actor...for me, Sean Connery! Best/favorite Bond movie...for me, From Russia with Love.
In relation to another post, I don't think I ever saw the front desk clerk hand Bond a package and tell him they were charging for it! Probably would have pulled out that PPK and given that clerk a 'charge'.
My first date in college was to see From Russia with Love, and a great time was had by me watching Sean do his marvelous things. Here's a Bond trivia question: in which Bond movie did the person playing 007 wear a Rolex Chronograph model 6238? Extra credit--how was it different than the standard watch?
Probably the worst Bond actor of all time...George Lazenby. He's the only one who would think he could get away with that on a 007 paycheck. What was that movie..On her majesty's secret service? I don't know how it's different. I wear a Rolex but I'm not into them that I can pick the differences.
My boys love the place! We can't recommend it enough.... It's definitely earned a spot on the "must-do" list in DC....
p.s. for parents who - for whatever reason - want to dump the kids and go elsewhere, I strongly recommend the (nearby - indeed, nearly adjacent) National Portrait Gallery and the contiguous Smithsonian American Art Museum. (OK, it's a little confusing - most people/visitors don't even realize it's two separate museums....) Among other things, don't miss: