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Today in #SpyHistory: Legendary actor Richard Kiel was born, 1939. Kiel played the steel-toothed "Jaws" in the James Bon...
09/13/2021

Today in #SpyHistory: Legendary actor Richard Kiel was born, 1939. Kiel played the steel-toothed "Jaws" in the James Bond films, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) & MOONRAKER (1979).

See his iconic metal teeth on display in the Museum's Covert Action gallery! https://bit.ly/3en4X3W

Today, we solemnly remember the tragic terror attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Tr...
09/11/2021

Today, we solemnly remember the tragic terror attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and Shanksville, PA.

The September 11 attacks transformed the nation and brought major reforms to the US intelligence landscape (PATRIOT Act, Department of Homeland Security).

Explore the Spy Museum's "Fateful Failures" Exhibit which examines 9/11 through the critical lens of intelligence. #NeverForget

Today, we solemnly remember the tragic terror attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and Shanksville, PA.

The September 11 attacks transformed the nation and brought major reforms to the US intelligence landscape (PATRIOT Act, Department of Homeland Security).

Explore the Spy Museum's "Fateful Failures" Exhibit which examines 9/11 through the critical lens of intelligence. #NeverForget

Ten years after 9/11, a team of Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound, killing the al Qaeda leader. Few know the ...
09/10/2021

Ten years after 9/11, a team of Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound, killing the al Qaeda leader. Few know the years of intelligence collection by analysts to uncover his location.

Red Teaming, is a dramatic virtual interactive in the Museum where visitors can participate in an exercise that CIA analysts used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Using deductive reasoning, interactive gaming, soundscape, and film, it places you in the shoes of a CIA analyst and provides an exhilarating look at the real-life executive decision process to pin point bin Laden’s hiding place.

In a final exercise, you are asked to test your level of confidence in the intelligence being presented to the President. To raid or stand down?
📷: @albertvecerka

Ten years after 9/11, a team of Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound, killing the al Qaeda leader. Few know the years of intelligence collection by analysts to uncover his location.

Red Teaming, is a dramatic virtual interactive in the Museum where visitors can participate in an exercise that CIA analysts used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Using deductive reasoning, interactive gaming, soundscape, and film, it places you in the shoes of a CIA analyst and provides an exhilarating look at the real-life executive decision process to pin point bin Laden’s hiding place.

In a final exercise, you are asked to test your level of confidence in the intelligence being presented to the President. To raid or stand down?
📷: @albertvecerka

Today in #SpyHistory: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines, 1776.When General George Washington asked for ...
09/10/2021

Today in #SpyHistory: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines, 1776.

When General George Washington asked for a volunteer for a dangerous mission: to gather intelligence behind enemy lines before the coming Battle of Harlem Heights.

Captain Nathan Hale of the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army stepped forward and subsequently become one of the first known American spies of the Revolutionary War.

Today in #SpyHistory: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy behind British lines, 1776.

When General George Washington asked for a volunteer for a dangerous mission: to gather intelligence behind enemy lines before the coming Battle of Harlem Heights.

Captain Nathan Hale of the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army stepped forward and subsequently become one of the first known American spies of the Revolutionary War.

#SPYArtifact: Morten Storm Viking Horn, CIA, 2011Former radical jihadist turned double agent for the CIA, Morten Storm, ...
09/09/2021

#SPYArtifact: Morten Storm Viking Horn, CIA, 2011

Former radical jihadist turned double agent for the CIA, Morten Storm, infiltrated al Qaeda and used his insider knowledge to combat terrorism.

The intelligence he provided helped bring down Anwar al-Awlaki, America's most dangerous terrorist.

Storm's CIA handler presented the Dane with this Viking horn in 2011, saying that he was readying Storm for battle as a "warrior." https://bit.ly/3l7Zrns

#SPYArtifact: Morten Storm Viking Horn, CIA, 2011

Former radical jihadist turned double agent for the CIA, Morten Storm, infiltrated al Qaeda and used his insider knowledge to combat terrorism.

The intelligence he provided helped bring down Anwar al-Awlaki, America's most dangerous terrorist.

Storm's CIA handler presented the Dane with this Viking horn in 2011, saying that he was readying Storm for battle as a "warrior." https://bit.ly/3l7Zrns

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, join SPY's historian and curator Andrew Hammond in conversation author Peter...
09/08/2021

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, join SPY's historian and curator Andrew Hammond in conversation author Peter Bergen on his new book, "The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden" - the family man, zealot, battlefield commander, terrorist leader, and fugitive.

Thanks to exclusive interviews with family members and associates, and documents unearthed only recently, Bergen has used the knowledge he has gained in the intervening years to discover who bin Laden really was and why he continues to inspire a new generation of jihadists.

Following their discussion, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Register --> https://bit.ly/3DVKpd3

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, join SPY's historian and curator Andrew Hammond in conversation author Peter Bergen on his new book, "The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden" - the family man, zealot, battlefield commander, terrorist leader, and fugitive.

Thanks to exclusive interviews with family members and associates, and documents unearthed only recently, Bergen has used the knowledge he has gained in the intervening years to discover who bin Laden really was and why he continues to inspire a new generation of jihadists.

Following their discussion, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Register --> https://bit.ly/3DVKpd3

We're seeking new recruits to infiltrate SPY HQ! Participating in a Spy Museum Internship is a great way to gain hands-o...
09/07/2021

We're seeking new recruits to infiltrate SPY HQ! Participating in a Spy Museum Internship is a great way to gain hands-on professional experience in the museum field, practice specialized skills, and learn from mentors with a variety of backgrounds.

Internship opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer in variety of departments from Exhibitions & Programs to Development.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3l57RvI

We're seeking new recruits to infiltrate SPY HQ! Participating in a Spy Museum Internship is a great way to gain hands-on professional experience in the museum field, practice specialized skills, and learn from mentors with a variety of backgrounds.

Internship opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer in variety of departments from Exhibitions & Programs to Development.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3l57RvI

Today in #SpyHistory: On September 7, 1978, Bulgarian novelist and journalist Georgi Markov was on his way to work at th...
09/07/2021

Today in #SpyHistory: On September 7, 1978, Bulgarian novelist and journalist Georgi Markov was on his way to work at the BBC, when he was jabbed in the back of the leg by a mysterious man wielding an umbrella, who then ran away.

Four days later, Markov was dead.

An in-depth investigation and autopsy revealed the KGB used an umbrella like this—modified to fire a tiny pellet filled with poison (ricin)—to assassinate Markov. Uncover the full story: https://bit.ly/3yQtO6H

View the Bulgarian Umbrella (replica) on display in the Spy Museum's "Covert Action" gallery. https://bit.ly/3tEb5tP

MISSION ALERT! We’re Hiring --> Spy Museum is looking for qualified new recruits to join our team. Graphic Design, Exhib...
09/06/2021

MISSION ALERT! We’re Hiring --> Spy Museum is looking for qualified new recruits to join our team. Graphic Design, Exhibitions & Programs, Guest Services, IT, Retail and Security positions now available.

Think you have what it takes? Visit spymuseum.org/careers for intel: https://bit.ly/2PZtEcR

MISSION ALERT! We’re Hiring --> Spy Museum is looking for qualified new recruits to join our team. Graphic Design, Exhibitions & Programs, Guest Services, IT, Retail and Security positions now available.

Think you have what it takes? Visit spymuseum.org/careers for intel: https://bit.ly/2PZtEcR

Without labor, nothing prospers." — SophoclesFrom our SPY family to yours, wishing you a Happy Labor Day!
09/06/2021

Without labor, nothing prospers."
— Sophocles

From our SPY family to yours, wishing you a Happy Labor Day!

Without labor, nothing prospers."
— Sophocles

From our SPY family to yours, wishing you a Happy Labor Day!

Our Labor Day Sale is here! Shop the Spy Store and save 25% off a wide selection of apparel, gear, gadgets, books, games...
09/04/2021

Our Labor Day Sale is here! Shop the Spy Store and save 25% off a wide selection of apparel, gear, gadgets, books, games and more!

Use code: LABORDAY25. Valid now through 9/6 - online only. http://spymuseumstore.org

Our Labor Day Sale is here! Shop the Spy Store and save 25% off a wide selection of apparel, gear, gadgets, books, games and more!

Use code: LABORDAY25. Valid now through 9/6 - online only. http://spymuseumstore.org

Embrace your inner SPY! We're open with extended hours this holiday weekend - 9AM-8PM (Sat-Sun) and 9AM-7PM (Labor Day)....
09/04/2021

Embrace your inner SPY! We're open with extended hours this holiday weekend - 9AM-8PM (Sat-Sun) and 9AM-7PM (Labor Day).

Safety measures are in place including mask requirements and capacity limits. Visit spymuseum.org to book your Undercover Mission!

Embrace your inner SPY! We're open with extended hours this holiday weekend - 9AM-8PM (Sat-Sun) and 9AM-7PM (Labor Day).

Safety measures are in place including mask requirements and capacity limits. Visit spymuseum.org to book your Undercover Mission!

Calling Middle and High School Teachers 📚  As the world approaches the 20th anniversary of September 11 - a day that is ...
09/02/2021

Calling Middle and High School Teachers 📚 As the world approaches the 20th anniversary of September 11 - a day that is seared into the minds of millions and changed the course of history, for students today, it is an event that is hard to grasp and understand.

Join SPY’s Youth Education team and Historian/Curator Dr. Andrew Hammond today for "9/11 – The Intelligence Angle: Teacher Workshop", as they delve into declassified documents and provide teachers with a better understanding of intelligence in national security.

By the end, teachers will come away with classroom activities and resources to assist them in teaching this important and complex event in our nation’s history to students.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3DGi2Q4

Calling Middle and High School Teachers 📚 As the world approaches the 20th anniversary of September 11 - a day that is seared into the minds of millions and changed the course of history, for students today, it is an event that is hard to grasp and understand.

Join SPY’s Youth Education team and Historian/Curator Dr. Andrew Hammond today for "9/11 – The Intelligence Angle: Teacher Workshop", as they delve into declassified documents and provide teachers with a better understanding of intelligence in national security.

By the end, teachers will come away with classroom activities and resources to assist them in teaching this important and complex event in our nation’s history to students.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3DGi2Q4

*SPY GIVEAWAY* The Boss Baby is back and reporting for business in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS...
09/01/2021

*SPY GIVEAWAY* The Boss Baby is back and reporting for business in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, a hilarious sequel guaranteed to bring the whole family together for non-stop adventure and laughs.

*Now available to own on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD on September 14, featuring an all-new short from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Enter to win a FREE digital copy of the new film: https://bit.ly/3zAOu3S

*SPY GIVEAWAY* The Boss Baby is back and reporting for business in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, a hilarious sequel guaranteed to bring the whole family together for non-stop adventure and laughs.

*Now available to own on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD on September 14, featuring an all-new short from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Enter to win a FREE digital copy of the new film: https://bit.ly/3zAOu3S

Today in #SpyHistory: Legendary chef and OSS agent, Julia Child, married fellow OSS intelligence officer, Paul Cushing C...
09/01/2021

Today in #SpyHistory: Legendary chef and OSS agent, Julia Child, married fellow OSS intelligence officer, Paul Cushing Child on September 1, 1946.

Julia met Paul Child while they both served in the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of today’s CIA during World War II.

The dynamic spy duo was married for over 50 years! https://bit.ly/3t2JQZX

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. This Wed., Sept. 1; 5:30 p.m. - grab a drink and join the Spy Museum...
08/30/2021

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. This Wed., Sept. 1; 5:30 p.m. - grab a drink and join the Spy Museum’s Family & Youth Programs Manager, Jessica Harvey and Director of Adult Education, Amanda Ohlke for a special Spies and Spymaster Happy Hour chat with former CIA analyst Christina Hillsberg.

The author of "License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids," Hillsberg along with her husband Ryan Hillsberg, will share tips to prepare kids for tricky situations, how to teach kids to verify sources, and when it’s okay to persuade them to select the cheesecake you secretly crave.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3kD7PLl

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. This Wed., Sept. 1; 5:30 p.m. - grab a drink and join the Spy Museum’s Family & Youth Programs Manager, Jessica Harvey and Director of Adult Education, Amanda Ohlke for a special Spies and Spymaster Happy Hour chat with former CIA analyst Christina Hillsberg.

The author of "License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids," Hillsberg along with her husband Ryan Hillsberg, will share tips to prepare kids for tricky situations, how to teach kids to verify sources, and when it’s okay to persuade them to select the cheesecake you secretly crave.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3kD7PLl

Today in #SpyHistory: The telephone “hotline” between Washington DC and Moscow was established, 1963.  The system was de...
08/30/2021

Today in #SpyHistory: The telephone “hotline” between Washington DC and Moscow was established, 1963. The system was designed to facilitate communication between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev during the height of the Cold War.

#SPYFACT: The “hotline” was never a red phone. It was in fact this very machine pictured, a T63-SU12 teleprinter, East Germany, 1962 (courtesy of the National Cryptologic Museum). The US and Soviets sent and received messages via the hotline. This Russian language machine was the one used in Washington, DC. https://bit.ly/2PxjKPu

See the original hotline and more rare objects in our pop-up exhibit, "Codes, Ciphers & Mysteries: NSA Treasures Tell Their Secrets", on display through September 30.

Our pop-up exhibit, “Codes, Ciphers, & Mysteries: NSA Treasures Tell Their Secrets,” on display has been extended throug...
08/27/2021

Our pop-up exhibit, “Codes, Ciphers, & Mysteries: NSA Treasures Tell Their Secrets,” on display has been extended through September! Have you visited yet?

The exhibit features rare and unique objects from the collection of the National Security Agency and the National Cryptologic Museum—firsts, onlys, and breakthroughs of covert communications.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3cTaIoG

Happy #NationalDogDay from our favorite furry friends! When times are ruff, we can always count on dogs to brighten our ...
08/26/2021

Happy #NationalDogDay from our favorite furry friends! When times are ruff, we can always count on dogs to brighten our day.🐶

We love spying dogs at the Museum! NOTE: Service dogs are always welcome at SPY and in the exhibit space. Get more intel: https://bit.ly/2WvF4Iz

Happy #NationalDogDay from our favorite furry friends! When times are ruff, we can always count on dogs to brighten our day.🐶

We love spying dogs at the Museum! NOTE: Service dogs are always welcome at SPY and in the exhibit space. Get more intel: https://bit.ly/2WvF4Iz

TODAY - Join SPY's historian/curator Andrew Hammond in conversation with Anne Sebba, the author of Ethel Rosenberg: An A...
08/26/2021

TODAY - Join SPY's historian/curator Andrew Hammond in conversation with Anne Sebba, the author of Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy.

Who was this woman who lost her life to a government motivated by fear and a brother who lied about her to save himself? Sebba and Hammond will discuss this and also how Ethel Rosenberg’s short and tragic life still impacts us today.

Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, who has spent his life in pursuit of the real story behind his parents’ secret lives, will join us for the Q&A portion of the program.

Register ---> https://bit.ly/2UahwYB

TODAY - Join SPY's historian/curator Andrew Hammond in conversation with Anne Sebba, the author of Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy.

Who was this woman who lost her life to a government motivated by fear and a brother who lied about her to save himself? Sebba and Hammond will discuss this and also how Ethel Rosenberg’s short and tragic life still impacts us today.

Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, who has spent his life in pursuit of the real story behind his parents’ secret lives, will join us for the Q&A portion of the program.

Register ---> https://bit.ly/2UahwYB

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in a man."Remembering the late Sir Sean Connery on his 91st bir...
08/25/2021

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in a man."

Remembering the late Sir Sean Connery on his 91st birthday! The Scottish actor slipped into the legendary role of 007 – British secret agent – a total of seven times.

The first, the best...original #JamesBond! 🍸

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in a man."

Remembering the late Sir Sean Connery on his 91st birthday! The Scottish actor slipped into the legendary role of 007 – British secret agent – a total of seven times.

The first, the best...original #JamesBond! 🍸

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