Gone To The International Spy Museum


"All warfare is based on deception."
--
Sun Tzu

Today, we went to the
International Spy Museum, a public museum in Washington DC dedicated to espionage. The museum boasts the world's largest collection of international spy artifacts on display. The only downside was that they did not allow photos. (Photos courtesy of the museum)

The museum showcases various tools used by spies and how they work. For example, there was a section on small cameras where they displayed how and where cameras could be concealed. One of these was one that was built into a coat. The lens is in the button and the trigger is stored in the pocket.


They also had a 1964 fully loaded silver Aston Martin complete with rotating license plates and hidden machine guns.


Among the items I really enjoyed seeing were the secret spy weapons like the Bulgarian umbrella, an umbrella with a hidden mechanism that shoots out small poison pellet.


Another one of these that I really liked was the Glove Pistol, a gun that allows the wearer to have free hands and fires when the plunger is pushed into the attacker's body.


A huge portion of the museum talks about the height of espionage during the Cold War. This was an incredibly interesting time for spies, and there were lots of double agents and fascinating deception plots. This was just an intriguing exhibit because there were a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes that are just not common knowledge.


The end of the exhibits talks about the havoc that could be created from a computer-related threat. It explains the need for improved electronic security.


This is a really great museum. It was so interesting to see things like masters of disguises, creating a microdot, lock picking, and bug planting. There was a lot to see, and I really enjoyed it. Even though this is one of the most expensive museums in Washington DC (most of the Smithsonian museums are free of charge), this was totally worth the purchase price. If you have not checked out this museum, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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