10 Interesting Facts About International Spy Museum

Fully dedicated to spying and espionage, it is the International Spy Museum in the United States. Beautifully made, it houses the largest collection of spy-related artifacts and fun material. The collection inside the Spy Museum solely traces the deep history of espionage, from the Greek and Roman empires, the British Empire to Cold War. This place is a must visit for those who have inquisitive minds and are James Bond as a personality. The aim behind the making of this museum was to reveal the role spies have played in world events throughout history. The following goes a list of the most intriguing and interesting facts about the only Spy Museum of the United States:

International Spy Museum
International Spy Museum

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1. The Only In The World!

The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to espionage and spy. It is also 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 the world events.
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2. Everything That You Can Imagine!

Lipstick Gun
Lipstick Gun
Coat Button Camera
Coat Button Camera

The International Spy Museum holds the largest collection of spy-related artifacts from the 1950s till date. From bugs to invisible ink letters, itsy-bitsy cameras to Hollywood-created disguises, this museum is absolutely wondrous. From cipher machines, forged currency, disguised weapons, and miniature cameras, this museum has the rarest collection unlike any other museum in the world.
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3. It’s Actually Privately Owned!

The International Spy Museum is privately owned and operated and charges an admission fee. It does not receive government funding.
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4. Just 16 Years Old!

Spy Museum at beginning
Spy Museum at beginning

The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is hardly 16 years old!
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5. Change In Address!

L'Enfant Plaza
L’Enfant Plaza

It is foreseen that the spy museum will be relocated to a new permanent home in Washington, DC. The landmark building will be a permanent cultural resource at L’Enfant Plaza in the nation’s capital and is expected to complete in 2018. The new location will also have an additional space for exhibit areas, a new café, and a retail store.
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6. A Replica Of The Tunnel!

Tunnel in east Berlin built by CIA
Tunnel in East Berlin built by CIA

A replica of a tunnel once used by U.S. spies to tap into Soviet communication lines in East Berlin is one of the astounding attractions inside the International Spy Museum.
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7. Never Miss Spy In The City

Children on Operation Spy
Children on Operation Spy

The spy museum has a very collection called ‘Spy in the City’ or ‘Operation Spy’ where visitors are given a GPS enabled device and are asked to go on a mission with the help of clues near various landmarks in the area surrounding the museum. This is really adventurous and fun filled task and one should do it for sure if ever visiting this museum. This task cum mission is performed to unravel the password for a secret weapon.
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8. An Invisible Ink Letter!

Invisible Ink & UV Spy Pen
Invisible Ink & UV Spy Pen

The museum’s oldest artifact is stored in its Secret History of History gallery. We are talking about an invisible ink letter written by the U.S. President George Washington.
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9. Are You A 007 Fan?

James Bond
James Bond

The International Spy Museum opened the newest interactive exhibition known as the “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains.” This special exhibition was created to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the James Bond film franchise.
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10. Pigeon: The Cameraman

A replica cher ami, Spy pigeons who served their country during the World Wars
A replica Cher Ami, Spy pigeons who served their country during the World Wars

There is also an aviation spying room inside the museum. The spying room has a stuffed pigeon displayed with a camera. A stuffed image captured by a pigeon camera back during the time of World War I is seen along with feathered wings clearly visible on the edges of the photo.
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