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A Safehouse for Your Soiree

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., is on high alert for your next event, with rentable spaces and intriguing exhibits galore

By Pamela Dittmer McKuen

“Bond In Motion” exhibit at the International Spy Museum
“Bond In Motion” exhibit at the International Spy Museum || Photo by John Robinson, courtesy of International Spy Museum

It’s no secret the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., is on high alert for your upcoming event. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Bond In Motion,” features many of the extraordinary vehicles that have thrilled fans of the James Bond movie franchise for decades. The exhibition showcases 17 iconic cars, motorcycles, and more alongside props, scale models, and film clips. Among them are the Jaguar XKE and the Aston Martin Vanquish from “Die Another Day” and the signature submarine from “For Your Eyes Only.” Attendees visiting the museum are sure to relive some of the classic moments in the adventures of the world’s most famous fictional spy. The exhibit runs through April of next year.

Opened in 2002, the museum is dedicated to fostering understanding of intelligence and espionage from a global perspective. Among its collections of rare international espionage artifacts are a World War II-era Enigma machine used for cracking communications codes, a 1922 silver dollar with a suicide pin (a coin containing a hidden syringe of deadly poison for those spies who could not be captured under any circumstances), and a lipstick pistol employed by KGB operatives during the Cold War.

The Veil event space
The Veil event space || Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of International Spy Museum

Meeting and event planners looking to rent a space have their choice of several indoor and outdoor options with capacity up to 500. Mingle with the large-scale artifacts in the lobby or gather on the eighth-floor Rooftop Terrace with views of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument. Educators and former intelligence officers can be engaged to speak on topics such as leadership and cybersecurity. Team-building activities like specialty tours and scavenger hunts can be customized for your group.

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