What happens when intelligence insiders pose a threat to their own countries’ interests? Hear about some of the 20th century’s most notorious traitors: the US’ Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and John Walker, Britain’s Kim Philby/Cambridge Five, and the Soviet Union’s Adolf Tolkachev. Discover how these men were caught—or not caught.
Terrorism is not a new threat. Countries around the world have experienced terrorism where we live (the Palmer Raids of the 1920s), work (the 1995 Oklahoma bombing), and play (the 1972 Munich Olympics). Find out how intel agencies have responded to these events and have thwarted other attacks – such as the plot of the Toronto 18.
Visitors experience an immersive environment contrasting West and East Berlin during the Cold War. Sneak into East Berlin, discover the tools and techniques of the Stasi in a hotel room (filled with concealment and surveillance devices), an interrogation room (where visitors can assess each other’s lying “tells”), and a Stasi office.
Are there spies living as your neighbors? Discover the story of the Russian Ten—spies who lived covertly, many under assumed identities, in the United States for many years, and how the FBI watched, waited, and finally arrested them as part of Operation Ghost Story.
Discover the products you can find in your home that have a hidden spy story. From ancient times to today, governments steal secrets to gain a financial and commercial advantage. This exhibit explores one of the earliest counterintelligence systems in Renaissance Venice, as well as how Western spies stole the secrets of silk, porcelain, and tea from China—centuries before China now leads the field in stealing economic secrets from the West.