Photo by Scott Frances courtesy SPYSCAPE

Here’s another place to add to your list of interesting things-to-do in New York City: SPYSCAPE, a new spy museum, is coming to Midtown this February. The museum will feature rare and authentic artifacts that intelligence officers use, including some that have never been seen before.

The brainchild of architect, David Adjaye, SPYSCAPE will provide an immersive experience for visitors by chronicling the history of secret intelligence, from the old espionage techniques to modern day hacking.

Visitors can “unleash their inner spy” through an aptitude profiling system, developed with the help of the former Head of Training at British Intelligence. Museum goers will have the opportunity to test their IQ in coding-making stations, as well as their EQ (emotional intelligence) in interrogation booths. They can even learn various skills, including observation techniques and how to detect when someone is lying.

Photo by Scott Frances courtesy SPYSCAPE

Visitors will learn from the best as several advisors for intelligence agencies have even helped to develop the exhibits. “SPYSCAPE provides a wonderfully creative, interactive, and stimulating experience that imparts tremendous insights into the conduct of spy craft and intelligence operations—as well as the paradoxes involved in such operations,” said retired U.S. Army General David A. Petraeus, who was also former Director for the CIA.

The British-based private investment group, Archimedia, developed the idea behind the 60,000 square-foot space after noting how the demand for the museum was high. “The substantial global interest in all forms of espionage” would provide a lucrative market to fill, said the museum’s Chief of Staff Shelby Prichard. With smoked glazed doors, black linoleum and dark gray paneling, the design of the museum itself references that of significant spy organizations, and will be comprised of a series of pavilions that house exhibition spaces around seven spy-themes.

The museum will be located at 55th Street and Eighth Avenue. To reserve a ticket, check out the website here.

Next, check out 14 Art Installations and Exhibits in NYC Not to Miss in November. 

One thought on “Discover the World of Espionage With SPYSCAPE, NYC’s Newest Spy Museum Coming in December

  1. The Americans have their own spy museums in New York City, of course. This is definitely NOT the first spy museum in New York City, obviously. They just DON’T tell the British about what they’ve got because of all that loose lips stuff and that, and they never, ever will. Unlike the blabbermouth British and their movie spy mythology. This is a private affair like The Smithsonian and all others like that. It is, however, a generally somewhat nice looking place in a couple of pictures from what little the pictures show. Maybe even worth a visit.

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