19 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2012 4:05 PM by anadyr RSS

Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC

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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.

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  • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    And I thought you were undercover in Florida!! Shows you what I know!!!

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    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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    I'm hoping to visit this museum this summer.   thanks.

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  • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
    jkernitzki Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Yes, but the Safe House in Milwaukee actually requires a pass phrase (or knowledge of the secret door) to enter, a secret exit, and has beer. 

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  • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
    tef6178 Platinum 8 Reviews
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    Been there!...and it was neat! I really enjoyed all those gadgets and mind games they played.......I wouldn't have made a good spy/undercover guy.

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    tef6178 Platinum 8 Reviews
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    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'.

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    • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
      Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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      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?

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        tef6178 Platinum 8 Reviews
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        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.

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          Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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          Correct TEF.  The red second hand was the difference from mine.   It was sold by the propmaster at auction in 2009 for 45K

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          • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
            jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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            Is your Rolex for sale and how much???

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              Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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              I wish Jasper, last time it was cleaned by then they offered to buy it contingent on  proof of provenance. box etc which I need to find.  First offer was 60K, but that was pre-recession

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        shoeman1000 Platinum 4 Reviews
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        I thought spooks NEVER talked of their past.....  kinda part of the rules....

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  • Re: Going "under cover" in N.W. Washington DC
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    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:

    • America's Presidents - it's truly wonderful.  You know many of the classics, but the unexpected surprises include the exquisite Norman Rockwell of Nixon, etc.
    • the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington - it's epic;
    • Bierstadt's Among the Sierra Nevada - one of my all-time favorites - truly majestic - Among the Sierra Nevada, California by Albert Bierstadt / American Art
    • the Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain portrait;
    • the Champions gallery - iconic (familiar) pieces on great athletes of various eras; and
    • the Native American collection (particularly the George Catlin works) - familiar, but sublime.
    • Fun tidbit for the kids - look for the curator's plaques for pieces highlighted in the movie Night At the Museum: Battle At the Smithsonian....

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