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MONTHLY FEATURED ARTIFACT

Foam Rubber Planet of the Apes Mask

Did you know that the CIA called upon Hollywood experts to help advance their disguise capabilities? Makeup artist John Chambers secretly assisted the CIA as depicted in the 2012 Oscar-winning film Argo. Using his innovations, the CIA, led by Spy Museum Founding Advisory Board Member Tony Mendez, conducted the Canadian Caper extracting six American hostages from Iran in 1980. 

One of the Museum’s prized disguise artifacts is a foam rubber mask from the Planet of the Apes designed by John Chambers. On loan from Advisory Board Members Tony and Jonna Mendez, this important artifact helps the Museum tell the story of the Agency’s relationship with Hollywood. 

The mask has been removed from display, and we need your help to bring it back! In order to exhibit this extremely rare and fragile artifact and to continue its preservation, we need to purchase a top-of-the-line, climate controlled case with UV filters. The estimated cost of this critical piece of equipment is $10,000. 

PLEASE SUPPORT THE PRESERVATION OF THIS MASK AND OTHER SPY ARTIFACTS:

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