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Exhibition & Experiences

Welcome to the shadowy world of espionage! No matter what motives bring you here...leave your preconceptions behind. See the tradecraft of espionage through the stories of individuals and their missions, tools, and techniques. Galleries include:

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Covers & Legends School for Spies The Secret History of History From Ballroom to Battlefield Spies Among Us Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains The 21st Century

Covers & Legends

Adopt a cover identity, memorize specific details about it, and learn first-hand the importance of keeping your “cover."

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School for Spies

What does it take to be a spy? Gather information about innate skills, special training and expertise vital for success.

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The Secret History of History

Travel back through the centuries to trace the earliest moments of the second oldest profession.

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From Ballroom to Battlefield

Civil War era spy-tech, such as the 19th century hand-held mobile communications device, signal flags, and codes and cipher tools, are featured in this gallery.

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Spies Among Us

See the storm clouds gathering as WWII draws near and see the fronts that conceal German and Russian Spy Rings operating right under our noses.

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Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains

You can meet Bond’s villains, discover their evil schemes and see their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bond films.

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The 21st Century

Confront the contemporary challenges that intelligence faces today, when it is needed more than ever.

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Spy Experiences

Operation Spy

Think of it as a live action spy adventure. Only you're the spy. This one-hour, adrenaline-fueled mission is no exhibit. Don't screw up!

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Spy in the City

You've qualified for the mission. Now see DC through the eyes of a spy by taking a GPS guided tour of the city. It's your chance to explore the spy capital of the world on foot.

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