A good spy is light on his feet, quickly blends in with his surroundings, and is usually the butler. Learn how skillful spies operate with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to the International Spy Museum (up to a $21.15 value).
Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Equipped with general-admission tickets, visitors can stroll through the museum's eclectic exhibits, which include presentations of Civil War spy memorabilia, modern-day cyber surveillance tools, one of the largest international collection of spy related artifacts on public display, and James Bond's first cell-phone bill. At an interactive audio-visual exhibit, emissaries-in-training create their own secret identity and learn how to maintain its mystique without using a Groucho Marx mustache-and-glasses disguise. Replicas of Cold War–era Berlin enlighten guests on that period's prevalent spy culture, and an extensive array of gadgetry offers a glimpse into the life of actual secret agents.
Though not included with general admission, numerous immersive experiences such as Operation Spy and Spy in the City put patrons' spy skills to the test, while a full calendar of events includes Spycast, a series of interviews with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and sentient magnifying glasses.
International Spy Museum
Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Filled with low-lit halls and mysterious doors, the museum backs up its exhibits with experience; many of its board members, staff, and speakers are former spies. Executive Director Peter Earnest, for one, spent more than 35 years in the CIA and its National Clandestine Service; frequent speaker Oleg Kalugin once held a position as major general of the KGB. Through special talks and an array of exhibits, the group reveals several hundred years of spy techniques and gadgetry, showcases connections between real spies and pop culture, and draws from international backgrounds to grant a global perspective.
In the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit, visitors explore the most memorable villains from throughout the James Bond film series, discovering the role the series played in shaping public perception of spying and exploring how the villains changed to reflect their times. Featuring over 110 movie and historic artifacts, a series galleries allows visitors to learn about the wide variety of evildoers from many perspectives. For an additional charge, guests can opt to embark on a simulated covert mission entirely based on real intelligence case files in Operation Spy, a one-hour interactive exhibit during which participants ride in simulated truck beds and use video surveillance to find leaked nuclear-trigger technology in a fictional country.
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