The new Spy Museum is bigger, bolder and more beautiful. Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t miss.
The International Spy Museum is reopening this weekend in a new building at L’Enfant Plaza. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


The familiar sleek lines of James Bond’s Aston Martin greet visitors in the modern glass lobby of the new International Spy Museum, a welcome nod to the institution’s entertaining roots. But suspended overhead is an Amber Drone, precursor of the CIA’s remotely piloted Predator aircraft and an early clue that the new version brings a little edge to the fun and games.

The popular Washington attraction reopens Sunday at 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW — above 10th Street and halfway between the Mall and the Wharf — with a similar ratio of interactive adventures to historical artifacts that made the original Penn Quarter site a favorite since it opened in 2002.

The new iteration has plenty of gadgets, games and pop culture references. But it digs into heavier topics, too, with exhibitions focused on the use of torture in interrogations, the psychology behind the agent-handler relationship and the ethics of mass surveillance.