International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum Welcome to the International Spy Museum....we've been expecting you! The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events.

The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history. It is committed to the apolitical presentation of the history of espionage in order to provide visitors with nonbiased, accurate information. The International Spy Museum is easily accessible by Washington, DC's Metrorail system. The closest Metro station is the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop, served by the RED,YELLOW and GREEN lines. Also nearby is the Metro Center station, served by the ORANGE, BLUE, and RED lines.

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Today in #SpyHistory: George Washington, first president of the United States and the nation's original Spymaster, died ...
12/14/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: George Washington, first president of the United States and the nation's original Spymaster, died at his estate in Mt. Vernon, 1799. He was 67 years old.

See his original letter initiating America's first spy network (Culper Ring) on display!

John le Carré, whose exquisitely nuanced, intricately plotted Cold War thrillers elevated the spy novel to high art, has...
12/14/2020
John le Carré, Best-Selling Author of Cold War Thrillers, Dies at 89

John le Carré, whose exquisitely nuanced, intricately plotted Cold War thrillers elevated the spy novel to high art, has died at 89.

Born as David Cornwell in 1931, Le Carré began working for the secret services while studying German in Switzerland at the end of the 1940s.

After teaching at Eton he joined the British Foreign Service as an intelligence officer, recruiting, running and looking after spies behind the Iron Curtain from a back office at the MI5 building on London’s Curzon Street.

Inspired by his MI5 colleague, the novelist John Bingham, he began publishing thrillers under the pseudonym of John le Carré.

Graham Greene called “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” which featured the plump, poorly dressed George Smiley, the best spy story he had ever read.

12/13/2020
Spy Store Curbside Pick-Up

We’re here to help you shop safely for the holidays 🎄🛍

Order online at spymuseumstore.org and select In-Store or Curbside Pickup now available for your convenience 🚘 Questions? Call 202-654-0953. Happy Gifting, agents!

Need last minute gift ideas? Board games are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Bring the spark back to ...
12/12/2020

Need last minute gift ideas? Board games are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Bring the spark back to game night with these slam-dunk picks from the Spy Store!

Curbside and In-store pick up is now available! https://bit.ly/37WE4yH

The Spy Museum is pleased to offer a virtual version of our annual Access to SPY event for autistic people and their fam...
12/12/2020

The Spy Museum is pleased to offer a virtual version of our annual Access to SPY event for autistic people and their families on Sunday, December 13, 10AM-1:30PM EST!

Join us for an exciting day of intrigue including spy skills and ninja workshops, a special Magic of Spying performance with Peter Wood and Meet A Spy with Melissa Mahle (CIA).

Register for Access to Spy: https://bit.ly/2JkcdQP

Special thanks to the Embassy of the State of Qatar whose passion for supporting Autism awareness and acceptance is helping to make this programming possible.

Tpday in #SpyHistory: The Supreme Court held that facts illegally obtained from a wiretap under the Communications Act c...
12/11/2020

Tpday in #SpyHistory: The Supreme Court held that facts illegally obtained from a wiretap under the Communications Act could not be used at trial in the “Nardone v. United States” decision, 1939.

TODAY - Don't miss an all-new #SpyChat! Join us at 12 p.m. ET for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, natio...
12/10/2020

TODAY - Don't miss an all-new #SpyChat! Join us at 12 p.m. ET for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news.

Spy Museum's Executive Director, Chris Costa, will be in conversation with Dr. Nadia Schadlow who served in 2018 as the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy. Register --> https://bit.ly/3qxdm8r

12/09/2020
Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down Cold War Spy Photography | WIRED

During the Cold War, surveillance in Moscow was the most difficult kind of surveillance that the US had encountered around the globe. There are lots of was to collect intelligence, and cameras were former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez's favorite.

WATCH - Jonna talks about all the different photography methods US spies used during the Cold War, from carrier pigeons holding tiny cameras to a variety of different spy cameras that could be hidden in pens, ties and pocketbooks. via WIRED

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did and also caught the error! 😉 The answer is MOSCOW.To figure out ...
12/09/2020

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did and also caught the error! 😉 The answer is MOSCOW.

To figure out the cipher- one letter shift (B=A, C=B, etc) to reveal the message:
“Sorry to dine and dash, I’m off to Moscow.” The answer is the word in red (Moscow).

Senior KGB officer Colonel Vitaly Yurchenko, who had defected to spy for the US, dined with a CIA security officer at Au Pie De Cochon before suddenly excusing himself to go to the Soviet Embassy, and then returned home to Moscow.

German divers searching the Baltic Sea for discarded fishing nets have stumbled upon a rare Enigma cipher machine used b...
12/09/2020
Divers discover Nazi WW2 enigma machine in Baltic Sea

German divers searching the Baltic Sea for discarded fishing nets have stumbled upon a rare Enigma cipher machine used by the Nazi military during World War Two which they believe was thrown overboard from a scuttled submarine.

Thinking they had discovered a typewriter entangled in a net on the seabed of Gelting Bay, underwater archaeologist Florian Huber quickly realised the historical significance of the find.

“I’ve made many exciting and strange discoveries in the past 20 years. But I never dreamt that we would one day find one of the legendary Enigma machines,” said Huber.

The Nazi military used the machines to send and receive secret messages during World War Two but British cryptographers cracked the code, helping the Allies gain an advantage in the naval struggle to control the Atlantic.

German divers searching the Baltic Sea for discarded fishing nets have stumbled upon a rare Enigma cipher machine used by the Nazi military during World War Two which they believe was thrown overboard from a scuttled submarine.

Agents, test your spy skills from home! Analyze the image below - can you decipher its hidden code? We’ll post the corre...
12/08/2020

Agents, test your spy skills from home! Analyze the image below - can you decipher its hidden code? We’ll post the correct answer tomorrow.
#CracktheCode #TuesdayPuzzle

CIA officer tells Today Show he believes he was among the American diplomats and spies who suffered from the so-called H...
12/07/2020
CIA officer suffered crippling symptoms in Moscow. Was it 'Havana Syndrome'?

CIA officer tells Today Show he believes he was among the American diplomats and spies who suffered from the so-called Havana Syndrome, the mysterious affliction that first cropped up among officers at the American embassy in Cuba in 2016.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/cia-officer-suffered-crippling-symptoms-moscow-was-it-havana-syndrome-n1250177?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

A government-sponsored study found that similar cases were the result of directed energy. Some intelligence officials believe they were Russian attacks.

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor transformed America and the intelligence community at large. The Spy Museum's "Fateful Fa...
12/07/2020

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor transformed America and the intelligence community at large. The Spy Museum's "Fateful Failures" exhibit (pictured) provides examples of the failure of US intelligence to warn US leaders about these impending attacks (Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks).

The exhibit compares the two events in terms of the challenges of providing effective warning. The US collected a flood of information in late 1941—including decrypted Japanese diplomatic messages—that pointed toward war with Japan.

But with no centralized department gathering and interpreting relevant warning signals, and little intelligence-sharing among agencies, US leaders were ill-informed.

Pearl Harbor gave birth to an array of US intelligence agencies, starting with the CIA in 1947.

"A day that will live in infamy." 79 years ago today, Japanese warplanes attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,300 Am...
12/07/2020

"A day that will live in infamy."

79 years ago today, Japanese warplanes attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,300 Americans were killed. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established in 1947 to prevent another #PearlHarbor.

Spy Chat is back this week! Join us on Thursday, December 10 for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, nation...
12/06/2020

Spy Chat is back this week! Join us on Thursday, December 10 for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security & terrorism issues in the news with SPY's Executive Director, Chris Costa. He will be joined by Dr. Nadia Schadlow who served in 2018 as the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3qxdm8r

Shop the Spy Store's "Real Spies, Real Stories" jewelry collection! Inspired by our favorite femme spies (Josephine Bake...
12/06/2020

Shop the Spy Store's "Real Spies, Real Stories" jewelry collection! Inspired by our favorite femme spies (Josephine Baker, Mata Hari) this curated jewelry includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more! https://bit.ly/33iQ0dt

iSPY Operation Sunday Vibes...🐹--Agent Georgia via Jacqueline V. Eyl
12/06/2020

iSPY Operation Sunday Vibes...🐹

--Agent Georgia via Jacqueline V. Eyl

#ArtifactoftheDay - Covert listening devices—bugs—use a hidden microphone and transmitter to collect sounds and send the...
12/04/2020

#ArtifactoftheDay - Covert listening devices—bugs—use a hidden microphone and transmitter to collect sounds and send them to a secret listening post nearby.

Bugs can lurk anywhere: in a phone, picture frame, or even a belt buckle. If agents have access during construction, bugs can even be built into a building itself. Digital technology lets Tech Ops design ever tinier bugs, with hidden wiring as thin as a human hair.

Help the young aspiring spies in your family crack secret codes and encode their own secret messages using eight differe...
12/02/2020
Learn a New Cookie Recipe or Make Invisible Ink

Help the young aspiring spies in your family crack secret codes and encode their own secret messages using eight different formulas for invisible ink thanks to the free activities provided by the Spy Museum via The New York Times.

Just be prepared: Top-secret missives may start appearing throughout your home.

When: Anytime

Where: https://bit.ly/3mwAkdj | spymuseum.org

This week, listen to the music of Billie Holiday, attend a fashion workshop or get your tarot cards read.

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”--Louise Fitzhugh#WednesdayWisdom | https://...
12/02/2020

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”--Louise Fitzhugh

#WednesdayWisdom | https://bit.ly/3lysuif

As an independent nonprofit museum, the Spy Museum relies on ticket sales, shoppers in our Spy Store, and charitable con...
12/01/2020

As an independent nonprofit museum, the Spy Museum relies on ticket sales, shoppers in our Spy Store, and charitable contributions to keep us going strong.

And with visitor numbers down significantly due to continuing restrictions in Washington, DC, donations large and small have been vital to the Museum's ability to deliver our nonprofit mission.

This #GivingTuesday, we hope you'll join our Mission Resilience Fund. Anything you can contribute today goes DOUBLE to supporting our programs, staff, and collection.

Give today ---> https://bit.ly/2W3m6G5

The Spy Museum is pleased to offer a virtual version of our annual Access to SPY event for autistic people and their fam...
11/29/2020

The Spy Museum is pleased to offer a virtual version of our annual Access to SPY event for autistic people and their families on Sunday, December 13, 10AM-1:30PM EST!

Join us for an exciting day of intrigue including spy skills and ninja workshops, a special Magic of Spying performance with Peter Wood and Meet A Spy with Melissa Mahle (CIA).

NOTE: These virtual programs and workshops are designed to appeal to all ages and abilities and are focused on family fun. Families will receive a link to our private, password–protected Zoom room and can attend as many programs as they wish throughout the day

Register for Access to Spy: https://bit.ly/2JkcdQP

Thank you to the Embassy of the State of Qatar, whose passion for supporting Autism awareness and acceptance is helping to make this programming possible.

Today is #MuseumStoreSunday - a day dedicated to shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. When y...
11/29/2020

Today is #MuseumStoreSunday - a day dedicated to shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. When you purchase a gift from a museum store, you help to sustain the museum’s service to their community and the public.

Get your holiday shopping done early while supporting the Spy Museum! Use code MSSFS and enjoy FREE shipping on all web orders! https://spymuseumstore.org

Shopping in-store? Spend $35 and receive a SPY Bag & Mug FREE, a $12.99 value. 🎁

Have guests in town for the holidays? Escape the mayhem and experience a safe and stealthy mission at SPY!We're open wit...
11/28/2020

Have guests in town for the holidays? Escape the mayhem and experience a safe and stealthy mission at SPY!

We're open with extended weekend hours --> 8:30AM-8PM (Sat) and 9AM-7PM (Sun).

Safety measures are in place including capacity limitations, social distancing guidelines, mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning protocols.

Get tickets --->https://bit.ly/2zmFFgh
📷: Pierre Funes

11/28/2020
Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down Cold War Spy Gadgets | WIRED

During the Cold War, surveillance in Moscow was the most difficult kind of surveillance that the US had encountered around the globe. Moscow had its own set of rules since it was such a difficult place to work. Former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez talks about some of the tactics, gadgets and disguises CIA operatives used in the field during the Cold War.

Check out Jonna Mendez’s most recent book "The Moscow Rules" or find more information about her on her website: https://www.themasterofdisguise.com/ | via WIRED

Support the Spy Museum and find the unique gifts for everyone on your list! Use code SPYFRIDAY25 for 25% off through Mon...
11/27/2020

Support the Spy Museum and find the unique gifts for everyone on your list! Use code SPYFRIDAY25 for 25% off through Monday, 11/30.

Visit spymuseumstore.org to see our favorite selections. NOTE: In-Store and Curbside Pickup is now available!

Operation #BlackFriday is here! Shop the Spy Store and save 25% OFF a wide selection of spy games, gear, apparel, books ...
11/27/2020

Operation #BlackFriday is here! Shop the Spy Store and save 25% OFF a wide selection of spy games, gear, apparel, books and more!🎁

Use code: SPYFRIDAY25 for discount. Valid now through 11/30 - spymuseumstore.org

“I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the bird likes it – a...
11/26/2020

“I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the bird likes it – and, more important, I like to give it.” —Julia Child (OSS)

Happy Thanksgiving from our SPY family to yours! 🦃

#SPYFACT: Before serving dinner and sharing culinary secrets, celebrity chef Julia Child worked directly for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) - America’s wartime spy agency. Child was one of only a few female OSS employees deployed to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and China, where she tracked highly classified documents as Chief of the OSS Registry.

The CIA once developed unwritten rules of engagement for their spies called The Moscow Rules. In his book, The Master of...
11/25/2020

The CIA once developed unwritten rules of engagement for their spies called The Moscow Rules. In his book, The Master of Disguise, the late Tony Mendez wrote, "Although no one had written them down, they were the precepts we all understood. They were dead simple and full of common sense...".

This Thanksgiving, assume nothing and be sure to apply the Moscow Rules as given!🦃

1. Assume nothing.
2. Never go against your gut.
3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
4. Do not look back; you are never completely alone.
5. Go with the flow, blend in.
6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.
8. Do not harass the opposition.
9. Pick the time and place for action.
10. Keep your options open.

Martha Dodd Stern's father was U.S. ambassador to Germany as Hitler rose to power, and she was romantically involved wit...
11/25/2020
FBI files detail the story of ex-Chicagoan Martha Dodd Stern who became a Soviet spy

Martha Dodd Stern's father was U.S. ambassador to Germany as Hitler rose to power, and she was romantically involved with the Nazis’ secret police chief before embracing the Soviet Union as a would-be spy.

Amanda Ohlke, Director of Adult Education at the Spy Museum, describes Stern as “much more influential I think than she might be given credit for.”

Her father was U.S. ambassador to Germany as Hitler rose to power, and she was romantically involved with the Nazis’ secret police chief before embracing the Soviet Union.

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did! 😉 The answer is WALKER in Morse Code.John Walker was arrested i...
11/25/2020

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did! 😉 The answer is WALKER in Morse Code.

John Walker was arrested in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn, now Rockville Hotel & Suites, after nearly 20 years as a Soviet Spy. Referred to as "Number One" by the KGB chief, Walker was incredibly damaging to the US, revealing wiring patterns for US cryptographic machines and ultimately compromising B52 strikes and other naval operations.

Discover how some of the 20th century’s most notorious double agents were caught—or not caught in the Museum's Turncoats and Traitors Exhibit. https://bit.ly/3oCXboW

D.C.’s International Spy Museum now hands guests a “spy gadget” stylus to interact with its touch screens and encourages...
11/25/2020
International Spy Museum on LinkedIn: At tourist sites, masking up without diluting the experience

D.C.’s International Spy Museum now hands guests a “spy gadget” stylus to interact with its touch screens and encourages using masks to create disguises.

At the Witte Museum in San Antonio, visitors are reminded to stay the length of one bison apart from other humans. QR codes unlock Virtual Keeper Chats at the Kansas City Zoo, so anyone there — or at home — can learn polar bear and cheetah facts while the in-person programs are suspended. via Washington Post

https://wapo.st/3m9d7x | 📷: Pierre Funes

D.C.’s International Spy Museum now hands guests a “spy gadget” stylus to interact with its touch screens and encourages using masks to create disguises...

A huge “Thank You!” to the remarkable girl scouts who participated in the Spy Museum's first-ever virtual Girl Scout Day...
11/24/2020

A huge “Thank You!” to the remarkable girl scouts who participated in the Spy Museum's first-ever virtual Girl Scout Day! Over 750 scouts, 580 households in 34 states joined in for a jam-packed day of spy skills training, Girl Ninja with Kaizen Karate, mind games and a host of special guests including real spy Melissa Mahle (CIA).

Looking for unique experiences your whole troop can participate in? Check out our Scouts page for more upcoming programs and workshops. https://bit.ly/39qbCYH

Agents, test your spy skills from home! Analyze the image below - can you decipher its hidden code? We’ll post the corre...
11/24/2020

Agents, test your spy skills from home! Analyze the image below - can you decipher its hidden code? We’ll post the correct answer tomorrow.

#CracktheCode #TuesdayPuzzle

"You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price, you may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl ...
11/23/2020

"You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price, you may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life."

Today in #SpyHistory: Alexander Litvinenko, former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and fierce critic of the Kremlin died in a London hospital (2006).

Litvinenko was poisoned by radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea. He became the first known victim of lethal polonium 210-induced acute radiation syndrome.

The Spy Museum's "Lethal Action" exhibit traces the stories of the assassinations of Bulgarian émigré, Georgi Markov and Soviet political exile, Leon Trotsky, and the murder weapons used. Find out about the KGB’s poison lab and see an array of lethal weapons.

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The International Spy Museum is a private non-profit museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display.