The Cold War Museum

The Cold War Museum We are a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on The Cold War.
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We are a 501(c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on The Cold War. The Cold War Museum® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Sov

iet Union. The Museum is located at Vint Hill, in one of the former Vint Hill Farms Station buildings used during the Cold War for signals intelligence by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Army to safeguard the United States against a surprise nuclear attack. Vint Hill is part of The Journey through Hallowed Ground national heritage area and in close proximity to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the historic towns of Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton, Virginia. The Museum shares a campus with The Inn at Vint Hill and the Vint Hill Craft Winery.

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01/07/2024

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Beale Air Force Base in California orchestrated an impressive showcase, lining up eight legendary U-2 spy planes in a majestic "Elephant Walk," showcasing joint airpower between multiple wings stationed at the base. The event, held on January 4, 2023, involved U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft...

Incase you missed it, attached is your issue of the Cold War Times.  In it are many articles on the Cold War and also ac...
01/06/2024

Incase you missed it, attached is your issue of the Cold War Times. In it are many articles on the Cold War and also activities of the Cold War Museum. Just click below.

Newsletter of The Cold War Museum®

01/01/2024
Come out Jan 20th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM
12/30/2023

Come out Jan 20th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Free! No registration required. Join us in the Spy Museum Store for a special book signing event for Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy with author Gary Powers Jr. About the Author Born June 5, 1965, Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, a...

12/25/2023

As a thanks for your support, this holiday season the Cold War Museum would like to give you a gift:

We're publishing our entire Presentation Series archive of lectures by esteemed Cold War experts and eyewitnesses for FREE on YouTube! We've started with eight lectures totaling over 12 hours of free Cold War content, and over the next several weeks we'll be publishing over seven years of presentations.

Watch the Cold War Museum Presentation Series on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKaDD8Ko3yWYjXqrIbXr1CVunQv3SqVnX

Listen to Col. Buz Carpenter (Ret.), an SR-71 pilot, explain how the Mach 3 capable spy plane he flew came to be in Lockheed's secret Skunk Works, or hear how CIA Officer Aris Pappas became intimately involved with the espionage and escape of the most high-ranking Cold War spy in US history, Polish Colonel Ryszard Kukliński. Col. Barry Colassard (Ret.) describes how it felt to stare down World War Three while stationed in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a panel of SOSUS/IUSS naval experts led by Capt. Jim Donovan (Ret.) breaks down how the US used underwater microphones to track and surveil the Soviet submarine fleet.

Another panel from the NSA's Center for Cryptologic History examines the history behind the Tien'anmen Square Massacre and the modern Hong Kong protests, Liza Mundy tells the story of Women Codebreakers in World War II, and James Stejskal regales the audience with tales from his years as a clandestine Cold War operative in the divided city of Berlin. Lastly, we've made public General Michael Hayden's lecture on his time as the director of both the CIA and NSA, the only person to have ever done so.

As you know, the Cold War Museum is entirely funded by those who choose to support our mission -- we get no corporate or government funding. This holiday season, we encourage you to renew your support, whether it's online on our website, www.coldwar.org, or in person while visiting the museum, to help fund the Cold War Museum through the end of 2024. Please help us to further our mission of preserving Cold War History, honoring Cold War veterans, and educating current and future generations about the Cold War and its legacy.

Donate at
www.coldwar.org

Video from the Cold War Museum's Presentation Series of lectures by Cold War experts and eyewitnesses.

12/24/2023

The Cold War Museum will be closed on Sunday, December 24th, and Sunday, December 31st, for the holidays.

Download your issue here:  https://coldwar.org/uploads/documents/ColdWarTimesFall2023PUBLISHEDWITHCORRECTION.pdf
12/09/2023

Download your issue here:
https://coldwar.org/uploads/documents/ColdWarTimesFall2023PUBLISHEDWITHCORRECTION.pdf

11/28/2023

Keep Cold War History Alive for Generations!

TODAY IS THE DAY!!! Today you can help preserve Cold War History by donating to YOUR Cold War Museum’s® fundraiser! All ...
11/28/2023

TODAY IS THE DAY!!! Today you can help preserve Cold War History by donating to YOUR Cold War Museum’s® fundraiser! All that you need to do is click on the picture link below and support our Cold War Museum- campaign. As in the past, this CWM-GT campaign provides opportunities for YOUR donation to go farther thanks to matching awards for The Cold War Museum®. THANK YOU FOR DONATING TODAY!! Click LINK below:
https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/donate/coldwarmuseum

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!TODAY is Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Philanthropy where you can suppor...
11/27/2023

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
TODAY is Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Philanthropy where you can support your Cold War Museum!

Just click on the picture link below. Thank you so much for your support!!

Keep Cold War History Alive for Generations!

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Philanthropy where you can s...
11/27/2023

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Philanthropy where you can support your Cold War Museum! Just click on the picture link below. Thank you so much for your support!!

Keep Cold War History Alive for Generations!

Just now coming out! This is a fine reference book on the iconic Blackbird and information on the A-12 Archangel not pre...
11/21/2023

Just now coming out! This is a fine reference book on the iconic Blackbird and information on the A-12 Archangel not previously known. Well-illustrated. A must for your aviation library.

5/5: Powerful! Informative! Rich in technical detail and illustrations! Paul Crickmore’s latest book Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions – The Missing Chapters is perhaps the finest and most comprehensive book on the A-12 Blackbird written. Crickmore is a world-renowned aviation exper...

Dear Members, and Friends of The Cold War Museum®,As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re grateful for all tha...
11/20/2023

Dear Members, and Friends of The Cold War Museum®,

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re grateful for all that you make possible. Let us remember the brave men and women who sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and ensure our way of life, including the Cold War.

Do help us to preserve Cold War History! This coming November 29th is - a Global Day of Philanthropy. I hope you will join me, as many veterans of the Cold War will, in supporting
The Cold War Museum®.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Your tax-deductible donation to The Cold War Museum® can make a huge difference. Do check with your tax advisor. Can you give $20, $50 or $100 today to support The Cold War Museum
Just click on the below picture to help! Early donations accepted

Keep Cold War History Alive!

Dear Members, and Friends of The Cold War Museum®,As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re grateful for all tha...
11/20/2023

Dear Members, and Friends of The Cold War Museum®,

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re grateful for all that you make possible. Let us remember the brave men and women who sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and ensure our way of life, including the Cold War.

Do help us to preserve Cold War History! This coming November 28th is - a Global Day of Philanthropy. I hope you will join us, as many veterans of the Cold War will, in supporting
The Cold War Museum®.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Your tax-deductible donation to The Cold War Museum® can make a huge difference. Do check with your tax advisor. Can you give $20, $50 or $100 today to support The Cold War Museum
Just click on the below picture to help The Cold War Museum!!

Keep Cold War History Alive!

The Marine Corps Birthday, also known as the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Un...
11/10/2023

The Marine Corps Birthday, also known as the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, marks the anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775, during the American Revolutionary War. On this day, the Second Continental Congress, a gathering of American leaders, authorized the formation of two battalions of Marines to serve as a naval infantry force. Since then, the Marine Corps has played a vital role in defending the nation's interests, both at home and abroad.

Mark your Calendars! This coming Sunday at 2 PM, Mike Vickers, mastermind of strategy portrayed in the movie "Charlie Wi...
11/07/2023

Mark your Calendars! This coming Sunday at 2 PM, Mike Vickers, mastermind of strategy portrayed in the movie "Charlie Wilson’s War," will present untold story of The Reagan Doctrine, CIA's covert actions in Afghanistan, and how they led to the end of the Cold War.. Drawing on his recently released memoirs By All Means Available, Mike Vickers will describe his central role in enabling the Afghan resistance to defeat the Soviet military in Afghanistan-- the only defeat the Red Army suffered in its history. CIA’s support for the Afghan resistance was the largest and most successful covert action program in the Agency’s history, and it helped bring an end to the Cold War. Mike will place CIA’s covert support for the Mujahedin in the broader context of Cold War grand strategy and briefly cover his role in the invasion of Grenada, the first rollback of Communist power since the end of the Vietnam War. He will also discuss the purported links between CIA’s support for the Afghan resistance and the rise of al-Qa’ida and the 9/11 attacks. Finally, he will discuss the lessons from our Cold War victory in Afghanistan for the war in Ukraine and other more recent operations. Mike is best known as the mastermind of the covert action program that defeated the Soviet Army in Afghanistan and helped bring an end to the Cold War, but, as his memoirs show, he also played a central role in our campaigns to dismantle and defeat al-Qa’ida and in the operation that killed Usama Bin Ladin. Click on this link to sign up

Uncover the untold story of The Reagan Doctrine, CIA's covert actions in Afghanistan, and how they led to the end of the Cold War.

Sign up for Sunday's (tomorrow's) presentation!  Click on the picture link for details.Andrew Krepinevich will draw from...
10/14/2023

Sign up for Sunday's (tomorrow's) presentation! Click on the picture link for details.
Andrew Krepinevich will draw from his book The Origins of Victory to help us understand how specific technological innovations can give an overwhelming advantage to whichever side in Great Power conflicts first understands the potential military applications of such innovations and applies them first and decisively to the battlefield.

What Creates Great Power Battlefield Dominance? The History of the Cold War and Prior Suggests A Key Reason That Shows the Way Forward.

"The Black Cats of Osan" just released September 30, 2023. Rick Bishop’s THE BLACK CATS OF OSAN, takes the reader into t...
10/09/2023

"The Black Cats of Osan" just released September 30, 2023. Rick Bishop’s THE BLACK CATS OF OSAN, takes the reader into the dark world of aerial espionage operating in East Asia. Devised by Kelly Johnson and initially operated by the CIA, the U-2 is the world’s most famous ‘spy plane’ operated throughout the Cold War and beyond! Read a quick review here.

5/5: Rick Bishop’s THE BLACK CATS OF OSAN, takes the reader into the dark world of aerial espionage operating in East Asia. Devised by Kelly Johnson and initially operated by the CIA, the U-2 is the world’s most famous ‘spy plane.’ It flew at unprecedented altitudes and carried the most soph...

ICYMI Today at 2:00 PM EST The Cold War Museum Presents: Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligenc...
09/24/2023

ICYMI Today at 2:00 PM EST The Cold War Museum Presents:
Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence
The US intelligence community is one of the top intelligence operations in the world. It wasn't always that way. Churchill made it happen.

Some of Us Are Aware That Espionage is Known as the Second Oldest Profession
And Some Know That George Washington Was an Enthusiastic and Effective Spymaster. So We May Assume That We’ve Had Effective, Institutionalized Intelligence and Counterintelligence Capacities Since the Beginning of the Republic...That Would Be a False Assumption.

It Really Only Began for Us For Us in a Systematic Way in WWII
Find Out How and Why, and How This History Still Shapes Our Intelligence Operations, From An Expert On the History, and Veteran of the Practice, of U.S. Intelligence

The US intelligence community is one of the top intelligence operations in the world. It wasn't always that way. Churchill made it happen.

Mark your calendars, Sunday September 10 at 2:00 PM join us for this special presentation by Colonel Wayne Whitten.  Dur...
09/09/2023

Mark your calendars, Sunday September 10 at 2:00 PM join us for this special presentation by Colonel Wayne Whitten.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis Major Rudy Anderson was piloting his U-2 and was shot down. His shoot-down led to ending a 13-day crisis that threatened to turn the Cold War red hot. Now after 55 years we learn through Wayne Whitten’s book that his loss was avoidable.

In this presentation, Wayne will tell us what happened, why it happened that way, and what could have been done differently, using the evidence now available.

Click on the link below to sign up

The Only Casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis Was U-2 Pilot Maj. Walter Anderson. Recent Evidence Suggests That He Didn't Need to Die.

09/06/2023

The first ever commercial photos taken at the edge of space.

Nicely Done.  Click on link to read and see many stunning pictures“Eight years of discussions. Six months of training. T...
09/06/2023

Nicely Done. Click on link to read and see many stunning pictures

“Eight years of discussions. Six months of training. Two days of final preparations. Much was required to give photographer Blair Bunting two hours at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere to conduct the first-ever photo shoot at near-space where he captured images that have never been made before and will likely never be made again.”

The first ever commercial photos taken at the edge of space.

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Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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The Cold War Museum® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Our collections are particularly strong with unusual artifacts in signals intelligence, image intelligence, aerial surveillance, civil defense, Berlin, the East German secret police (STASI), the Cuban Missile Crisis, and events such as the Pueblo and Liberty incidents. Our tour and collections staff include people with direct and extensive experience in Cold War intelligence and military communities. When you visit, the real people explain the real artifacts.

The Museum is located at Vint Hill, in one of the former Vint Hill Farms Station buildings used during the Cold War for signals intelligence by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Army to safeguard the United States against a surprise nuclear attack. Vint Hill is part of The Journey through Hallowed Ground national heritage area and in close proximity to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and the historic towns of Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton, Virginia. The Museum shares a campus with The Inn at Vint Hill and the Vint Hill Craft Winery.

Geolocation: -77.6764203 / 38.74294036


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