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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11/08/2020
Rest in Peace, Alex Trebek

“It’s not just in movies, DC’s International Spy Museum has these disguised as pens, lighters, and a watch.”

Fondly remembering the Museum's Steineck Wristwatch Camera featured on Jeopardy! for the category Spy Stuff in 2018.

Thank you for instilling the love of learning in all of us. RIP Alex Trebek.

What is...a special place in our hearts. #RIP Alex Trebek 💔
11/08/2020

What is...a special place in our hearts. #RIP Alex Trebek 💔

Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.

Countdown to the first-ever virtual Parade of Trabants! Celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with ev...
11/05/2020

Countdown to the first-ever virtual Parade of Trabants! Celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with everyone’s favorite Cold War car—the Trabant. 🚗

Join us online on Saturday, November 7, 10AM-12PM ET for live interviews, videos and general good Trabi vibes!

Own a Trabi? It's not too late to enter your car in our online Trabant Rally. You could win Top Prize for the Best Trabant! Simply send a current photo of your Trabi to Amanda Ohlke, [email protected], with subject line: Trabant Rally. And let us know which categories you want to be judged in.

CATEGORIES:
Best Trabant
Most Creative Trabant
Funniest Trabant
Best Not-a-Trabi
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https://www.spymuseum.org/.../14th-annual.../2020-11-07/

On this day in 1952, the National Security Agency NSA), the national-level intelligence agency of the Department of Defe...
11/04/2020

On this day in 1952, the National Security Agency NSA), the national-level intelligence agency of the Department of Defense was officially formed.

Aptly nicknamed the "No Such Agency", NSA is the most secret and far-reaching component of the U.S. intelligence apparatus. It is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign and domestic intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.

Today in #SpyHistory: Iranian militants seize US Embassy in Tehran and detained more than 50 Americans, 1979.The detaine...
11/04/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: Iranian militants seize US Embassy in Tehran and detained more than 50 Americans, 1979.

The detainees were held hostage for 444 days and stands as the longest hostage crisis in recorded history. #ARGO 📷: U.S. Army

#ArtifactofTheDay: URME Anti-Facial Recognition Mask, 2013. All is not what it always seems...•People have been hiding f...
11/03/2020

#ArtifactofTheDay: URME Anti-Facial Recognition Mask, 2013. All is not what it always seems...

People have been hiding from surveillance since the beginning of networked cameras. This mask is an anti-surveillance device offering from artist Leo Selvaggio.

He created the photorealistic 3-D printed prosthetic mask of his own face and his features, such as skin tone, texture and hair. When a person wears this mask, any camera systems equipped with facial recognition software will identify the person not as themselves but as him, Leo Selvaggio.

The basic gist is that rather than hide from cameras, simply give them a face other than your own to track without drawing attention to yourself in a crowd.

Today in #SpyHistory: Vice President George Bush and DCI William Casey lay the cornerstone for the new CIA Headquarters ...
11/02/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: Vice President George Bush and DCI William Casey lay the cornerstone for the new CIA Headquarters building, 1985.

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP88G00186R000800930022-2.pdf

For Andrew Hammond, a Scotsman and the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, the loss of iconic actor S...
11/02/2020
Curator of DC’s International Spy Museum offers appreciation for Connery’s ‘Bond’ | WTOP

For Andrew Hammond, a Scotsman and the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, the loss of iconic actor Sean Connery at the age of 90 hits particularly hard. “As a Scot, someone from the same country, it’s a great loss and a deep loss,” Hammond told WTOP News.

“For spy fans and people who are from Scotland, but also for anyone who’s ever loved having the lights out and escaping through the lens of cinema, it’s just a great loss.”
James Bond movies, Hammond said, have taught lots of people what they know about being a spy, even if many of them are pure fantasy.

Sean Connery, the first big screen James Bond, taught a lot of people what they knew about being a spy. His loss is felt by the curator of DC’s International Spy Museum.

11/01/2020
Happy Halloween

From our SPY family to yours, Happy Halloween! Stay safe and sp🎃🎃ky out there, agents! #TrustNoOne #AssumeNothing

“The name’s Bond... James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charis...
10/31/2020

“The name’s Bond... James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film 007 series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”
Nobody did it better.

RIP Sir Sean Connery... the first, the original, a true legend. 🍸 💔 #FarewellMrBond

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — “The name’s Bond... James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

"Most spies in the real world don't drive cars with shredders in their wheels, " says Jacqueline V. Eyl. She should know...
10/30/2020

"Most spies in the real world don't drive cars with shredders in their wheels, " says Jacqueline V. Eyl. She should know as the Director of Youth Education at the Spy Museum. But in the world of movies -- and other forms of fiction, these rules don't apply.

Jackie helped Road & Track Magazine Kids Magazine pick their Top 7 Coolest Movie Spy Cars Ever!

10/28/2020
Virtual Happy Hour - Astrology

Spies and Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour is back tomorrow! Join us for a look into a steamy cauldron of astrology, cryptology, and steganography with author and data scientist, Alexander Boxer.

He’ll be dissecting the strange and wondrous ways that ancient people made sense of the heavens using astrology as predictive technology.

Need drink ideas? Bartender Keith Dengenis from Dish at the River Inn will shake up a cocktail suitable aptly named, the Marrying Potion.

Be sure to register and download the drink recipe! https://bit.ly/3kCaC6t

Halloween is right around the corner! The Spy Store has disguise kits, paints, masks and more for all your spoooky needs...
10/28/2020

Halloween is right around the corner! The Spy Store has disguise kits, paints, masks and more for all your spoooky needs. In-store pick up is now available! https://spymuseumstore.org/

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did! 😉 The answer is BETRAYAL translated from Russian to English.For...
10/28/2020

Agents, did you crack yesterday’s clue? Many of you did! 😉 The answer is BETRAYAL translated from Russian to English.

Former CIA officer turned KGB double agent, Aldrich Ames left chalk signals on the U.S. Post Office mailbox at 37th St NW & R St in Washington, DC to communicate with his Soviet handlers.

Ames volunteered to betray his country, including 20 US spies, many of whom were executed, in exchange for money to buy a bigger house, a nice car, and jewelry for his wife.

He later confessed, pled guilty, and is serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole, in the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The original Ames mailbox is now on display in the Museum's Turncoats and Traitors Exhibit. https://bit.ly/3oCXboW #spyhistory

This Halloween, we’re putting the crypt in cryptology! Not really, but who could resist that pun? Join us on Thursday, O...
10/27/2020

This Halloween, we’re putting the crypt in cryptology! Not really, but who could resist that pun?

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 29 for a look into a steamy cauldron of astrology, cryptology, and steganography with Alexander Boxer, author of "A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data."

He’ll be joined for an interview by the ultimate sceptic Vince Houghton. Is our former historian back from the dead? Nope just visiting!

Register: https://bit.ly/3jxZSoh

Agents, test your spy skills from home! Analyze the image below - can you decipher its hidden code? We’ll post the corre...
10/27/2020

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

Today in #SpyHistory: On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, empowering law enforceme...
10/26/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, empowering law enforcement and intelligence agencies broad powers to detect and deter terrorist attacks on American soil.

Countdown to Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY this Monday, October 26! Don’t miss an exciting evening of conversation with ...
10/25/2020

Countdown to Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY this Monday, October 26! Don’t miss an exciting evening of conversation with a star-studded panel of women who have had incredible careers in espionage and intelligence.

Our esteemed panel includes Amy S. Hess; Lieutenant General Mary Legere, Dr. Jung H. Pak, Karen M. Schaefer, Debra Evans Smith and moderator, Lori Stokes.

From current affairs to how they navigated the complex world of espionage personally and professionally to advice for young people considering bold careers in today’s world, these women will inspire all of us.

Get tickets: https://bit.ly/3ibfGMP
**All proceeds from this special evening go to support the Spy Museum during this difficult time.

Today in #SpyHistory: A New York jury finds Soviet intelligence officer, Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, real name William Augus...
10/25/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: A New York jury finds Soviet intelligence officer, Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, real name William August Fisher, guilty of espionage and for conspiring to transmit military secrets to the Soviet Union, 1957.

📷: NPR

Today in #SpyHistory: President Truman established the National Security Agency (NSA) as the organization within the U.S...
10/24/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: President Truman established the National Security Agency (NSA) as the organization within the U.S. government responsible for communications intelligence (COMINT) activities, 1952.

Explore the Spy Museum's "Making Sense of Secrets" Gallery which features a leadership analysis of Kennedy and Khrushche...
10/22/2020

Explore the Spy Museum's "Making Sense of Secrets" Gallery which features a leadership analysis of Kennedy and Khrushchev in the context of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Would President John F. Kennedy or Premier Nikita Khrushchev risk nuclear war?

The Soviets prepared an analysis of John F. Kennedy for Khrushchev, examining Kennedy’s family, experiences, policies, and character. Make your own assessment by looking at some of these factors. https://bit.ly/33XbJYQ

10/22/2020
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - THREE MEN GO TO WAR | The Scariest Speech Ever Given | PBS

On October 22, 1962, Americans turned on their radios and televisions to hear President John F. Kennedy deliver a terrifying message. That U.S. spy planes had discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba.

These missile sites—under construction but nearing completion—housed medium-range missiles capable of striking a number of major cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C.

Kennedy announced that he was ordering a naval “quarantine” of Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from transporting any more offensive weapons to the island.

The president made it clear that America would not stop short of military action to end what he called a “clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace.” -via History

WATCH THE FULL SPEECH HERE: https://bit.ly/2HsWpd4

See the full-length episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365316892/?Utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=cmic_covefullprogram (US Only) "...

"It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Wester...
10/22/2020

"It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response."

Today in Spy History: President John F. Kennedy informs the American people of the presence of missile sites in Cuba, 1962. #CubanMissileCrisis

10/21/2020
A Message from Jonna Mendez

Mission Alert - A Message from Jonna Mendez!

Experience the shadowy world of espionage from the remarkable women who practiced them professionally. Real Spies. Real Stories.

Learn more - https://bit.ly/3ibfGMP

Archer is back in the real world after spending its previous three seasons in a coma and the animated spy’s recovery is ...
10/21/2020
‘Archer’ Renewed For Season 12 At FXX As Animated Spy Comedy Scores Ratings Boost

Archer is back in the real world after spending its previous three seasons in a coma and the animated spy’s recovery is set to extend for a 12th season! #ArcherFXX

Archer is back in the real world after spending its previous three seasons in a coma and the animated spy’s recovery is set to extend for a 12th season. FXX has renewed the show for another run in …

#ArtifactoftheDay: "Sleeping Beauty" Diver’s rubber head piece, nose clip, and rebreather, UK (SOE), ca. 1943. The "Slee...
10/20/2020

#ArtifactoftheDay: "Sleeping Beauty" Diver’s rubber head piece, nose clip, and rebreather, UK (SOE), ca. 1943.

The "Sleeping Beauty" was a Motorized Submersible Canoe from Britain’s Special Operations Executive. The sleek WWII craft glided silently on the surface, then dived. Underwater, the pilot, wearing this oxygen mask, operated unseen by enemy ships. The "Sleeping Beauty" design evolved into the vehicles used today by US Navy SEALs. https://bit.ly/3jgQTI3

“I use the furniture of espionage to amuse the reader..."Happy 89th Birthday to iconic spy novelist and former MI5 agent...
10/19/2020

“I use the furniture of espionage to amuse the reader..."

Happy 89th Birthday to iconic spy novelist and former MI5 agent, David Cornwell aka John le Carré!

Best known for books such "Tinker, Tailor , Soldier, Spy" and "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold". #spyhistory

10/18/2020
60 Minutes with Dr. Fauci | CBS

WATCH | Be sure to tune-in to tonight's 60 Minutes (CBS 7 p.m. ET/PT) with Dr. Fauci, as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gives Jon LaPook the latest information on how the U.S. is faring in the pandemic.

Pssst...look closer, you may spot the Spy Museum as the filming location. 👀

Don't miss the return of Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY! Join us for an important and timely virtual discussion, led by m...
10/18/2020

Don't miss the return of Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY! Join us for an important and timely virtual discussion, led by moderator Lori Stokes of WNYW-TV's Good Day New York, with a star-studded panel of women who have had incredible careers in espionage and intelligence.

Our esteemed panel includes Amy S. Hess; Lieutenant General Mary Legere, Dr. Jung H. Pak, Karen M. Schaefer and Debra Evans Smith.

RSVP for Mother, Daughter, Sister, SPY on Monday, October 26; 6:30 p.m. ET here.
https://bit.ly/3ibfGMP

10/18/2020
New cold war: China-US spying steps out of the shadows

The FBI opens a new counter-intelligence case against China every 10 hours. WATCH: As Spy Museum's Dr. Alexis Albion highlights the history of Chinese espionage with special glances at Museum's "Spying in the Marketplace" exhibit.

https://on.ft.com/3dOvPHP via Financial Times

The FBI says it opens a new counter-intelligence case against China every 10 hours. The FT's US defence correspondent Katrina Manson looks at the espionage war between Washington and Beijing

Go Trabi, go! Celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with everyone’s favorite Cold War car—the Trabant...
10/16/2020

Go Trabi, go! Celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with everyone’s favorite Cold War car—the Trabant.
🚗
This year, the Spy Museum's Parade of Trabants is going virtual! Join us online on Saturday, November 7, 10AM-12PM ET for videos, interviews, and general good Trabi vibes!

Trabi lovers, want to show off your car? Enter your beloved vehicle in our first-ever online Trabant Rally. https://bit.ly/2H4k2cg
🚙
Send a current photo of your Trabi to Amanda Ohlke, [email protected], with subject line: Trabant Rally. And let us know which categories you want to be judged in.

CATEGORIES:
Best Trabant
Most Creative Trabant
Funniest Trabant
Best Not-a-Trabi
🚕
Entries must include the following info: First Name of Owner, Year and Make of Vehicle, Location, Caption (optional). NOTE: All entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on November 5, 2020. https://bit.ly/2H4k2cg

10/16/2020
How to Make Invisible Ink

Learn how to make eight different formulas for creating Invisible Ink! Download the Museum's briefing guide with step-by-step instructions (link below).

Don't forget to test out the Secret Message Egg Challenge on the back https://bit.ly/342w6TV

Today in #SpyHistory: Dr. James Jay, brother of “Founding Father” John Jay was born in 1732. George Washington hired Dr....
10/16/2020

Today in #SpyHistory: Dr. James Jay, brother of “Founding Father” John Jay was born in 1732. George Washington hired Dr. Jay to devise a key formula for a secure invisible ink—a “sympathetic stain” as he called it. An ink that quickly disappeared…but became visible again after applying a unique, difficult-to-find revealing agent.

What was the secret recipe for Dr. Jay's Invisible Ink? Two simple ingredients - Gallic acid (ink) and ferrous sulfate (solution).

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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.