International Spy Museum, Washington

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> About 40 miles, about a one-hour drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas:</b> As soon as you walk in the doors of this family-friendly museum, you'll be swept up in the fun as you're assigned a spy alias and told that throughout your visit you'll be questioned at various interactive points. Don't worry. No one will torture you if you fail in your mission. Meanwhile, enjoy exhibit upon exhibit of spy gadgets and artifacts, as well as a look at movie stars who were spies during <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST00000110" title="World War II (1939-1945)" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/wars-interventions/world-war-ii-%281939-1945%29-EVHST00000110.topic">WWII</a>. War of the Spies is an atmospheric exhibit where you step into a divided Berlin after WWII where neighbors spied on each other and ordinary citizens led double lives.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> Need we say it? The gift shop. If you can't find something for the 5- or 50-year-old kid on your list, you're not trying. Pick from invisible ink, recorder pens, listening devices, serious history books and so much more.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> 800 F St. NW, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101200000000" title="Washington, DC" href="/topic/us/washington-dc-PLGEO100101200000000.topic">Washington, D.C.</a>; 202-EYE-SPYU; spymuseum.org

( Glenn Fawcett, Baltimore Sun / August 7, 2008 )

Distance from Baltimore: About 40 miles, about a one-hour drive

Why it's worth the gas: As soon as you walk in the doors of this family-friendly museum, you'll be swept up in the fun as you're assigned a spy alias and told that throughout your visit you'll be questioned at various interactive points. Don't worry. No one will torture you if you fail in your mission. Meanwhile, enjoy exhibit upon exhibit of spy gadgets and artifacts, as well as a look at movie stars who were spies during WWII. War of the Spies is an atmospheric exhibit where you step into a divided Berlin after WWII where neighbors spied on each other and ordinary citizens led double lives.

Don't miss: Need we say it? The gift shop. If you can't find something for the 5- or 50-year-old kid on your list, you're not trying. Pick from invisible ink, recorder pens, listening devices, serious history books and so much more.

Information: 800 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-EYE-SPYU; spymuseum.org

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