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- For $13, you get one ticket for a child aged 4–12 (a $26.13 value, including all fees). Children younger than 4 are admitted for free.
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A poison-dart gun disguised as an umbrella. A listening device at the center of a hollowed-out tooth. A radio-controlled catfish for infiltrating enemy territory. These might seem like things you’d read about in a pulp spy novel, but the real-world stories behind these scarcely believable gadgets are revealed in Spy: The Secret World of Espionage. For the first time, the CIA has opened its vaults and unveiled the closely guarded history of some of the most inventive and deceptive whatchamacallits. The family-friendly exhibit keeps the inquisitive on their tippy-toes with such interactive challenges as an actual navigable laser field, a cunning encryption game, and a game of telephone with highly sensitive information about Area 51.
Though the exhibit heavily emphasizes the high-tech devices and masterfully planned gambits that are part and parcel of international intrigue, some displays feature more mundane items that nevertheless played a crucial role in world history, such as the ice axe that killed Trotsky and a collapsible scooter that was instrumental to American agents in World War II. Describing the newly revealed inventions and stories, Edward Rothstein of the New York Times wrote, “What happens along the way is that we gain an appreciation for the magic as well as the method; we end up glimpsing what these ordinary objects actually accomplished and what was at stake when they were used... even with its gadget-centered focus, we learn that this great bag of tricks was no mere game.”
Discovery Times Square
Unlike more traditional museums, Discovery Times Square does much more than simply display artifacts. The space, located in the building once occupied by the New York Times printing presses, encourages visitors to learn through interactive, sensory exhibits. Past shows have taken guests inside the Titanic’s final wreck site, Da Vinci’s ingenious inventions, and the vast collection of riches and bandages owned by King Tut. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Pompeii: The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, and most recently The Art of the Brick.