The International Spy Museum recognizes the ingenuity and imagination of real-life spies with the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Spanning the history of espionage around the globe, many of these artifacts have never before been seen by the public.
The International Spy Museum's permanent exhibition presents the tradecraft of espionage through the stories of individuals and their missions, tools, and techniques. The Museum combines artifacts created by or for intelligence services around the world with state-of-the-art exhibit design, audio-visual programs, computer interactives, and other hands-on components. Together, these elements bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secret espionage missions in world history.
From the lipstick pistol to the Enigma cipher machine, the quality of the collection is unlike any other public institution in the world, and is particular strong in the following areas:
Through its extensive collection, the International Spy Museum illustrates the real-life stories of intelligence professionals and offers insight into the overall impact of spycraft on world history as well as public perception of espionage practices. Additional acquisitions will be showcased in future special exhibits that address espionage topics behind current headlines. The goal of the collection is to enhance the Museum's dynamic and comprehensive interpretation of international espionage and provide the most extraordinary learning experience for visitors. Ongoing research into the history of the tradecraft and contemporary role of espionage continues to reinforce the integrity of the Museum's collection.