If you’re interested in changing up your happy hour plans, then heading over to the International Spy Museum’s “Spy At Night” is for you.
Every Friday and Saturday from 6pm-10pm, the museum stays open to offer guests (read: spies in training) a late night glimpse into the lives of spy operatives. According to the Executive Director of the International Spy Museum, Peter Earnest, Operation Spy combines real-life details and mission deliverables from past spy operations, and he should know: he’s former CIA. I can’t give too much away–it’s confidential, and would ruin the mystery behind the experience–but what I can tell you is that Operation Spy is completely different from the museum. The entire experience is a cross between a 24 episode, Disney’s Haunted House, and a dining experience at Jekyll & Hyde. It’s an hour long, interactive ride that requires you and 9 other tour participants to work together and complete the assigned mission. Every decision your team makes will impact your end result, so you better think quick.
With your admission, you also get to participate in a weekly revolving selection of different pre-tour activities, like Handwriting Analysis, Cipher-Decoding, Spy Trivia and Meet A Real Life Spy. If you want to participate in all the special activities, I suggest getting there at about 7pm, so you can enjoy the activities while waiting for your Operation Spy tour to begin. You’ll also be able to enjoy your, admission included, beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or any of pre-spying food (not included in admission) you might desire. I’d highly recommend trying the White Knight cocktail, as you’re not likely to experience the drink anywhere else.
All in all, my Spy At Night experience was amazing. It was a fun, engaging and off-beat way to start off a Friday night. It is a recommended experience for everyone, DC local or tourist.