Do you like your martinis shaken not stirred? Can you not imagine your life without your high-tech gadgets and fast cars? Does espionage and all that it entails excite you?
Well, then, its time for you to take a trip to the International Spy Museum in Washington DC .
Were not talking about fictional spies like James Bond and Nick Fury here. This museum is dedicated to the real trade of espionage in its historical and contemporary form and its significance in times of war.
The International Spy Museum was conceptualized way back in 1996 and opened to the public in 2002. It was founded by Milton Maltz and The House on F Street, L.L.C and cost a whopping sum of $40 million to be built. Milton Maltz himself was a codebreaker during the Korean War in the 1950s and worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, DC. This museum is truly one-of-a-kind; it is the only public museum in the United States dedicated to this vital, yet invisible profession.
With more than 750 artefacts on display, which, we can assure you, you wont see anywhere else in the world, the collections in the museum cover the history of espionage during the Roman and Greek periods, colonial times, during the American Civil War, both World Wars and even during the Cold War (made famous by the many novels of Ian Fleming such as the famous From Russia, With Love). There are exhibits on some well-known secret agents including famous personalities who also had a covert identities like movie director John Ford and singer Josephine Baker.
The inner-workings and the demands of this clandestine profession are laid bare for the visitors to see. You begin your mission at the museum by adopting a cover identity and then are taken into a briefing room where you are told about the important tools required for the trade. During your tour, you also learn code-making and code-breaking, an essential part of your job as a spy. You have a chance to participate in spy-simulation exhibits like Operation Spya live-action, Hollywood-style spy adventure with its own puzzles and missions for you to solveand Spy in the Citya GPS-guided tour of the citys landmarks which you will see through the eyes of a spy.
This unique museum gives each visitor an opportunity to live out their dream of being covert agents whod aid their country in times of great distress and help gather vital information from the enemies. For a day, you too can be the Man with the Golden Gun with a License to Kill!