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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION Welcome to SPY: The Secret World of Espionage, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence. You no doubt have some preconceived notions about spies from watching movies and reading novels. Well, it’s time to go beyond fiction and come face-to-face with the fascinating truth behind the scenes of this secret world. SPY: The Secret World of Espionage gives you and your students the unique opportunity to see authentic artifacts from spies and spy catchers, while observing real spy technologies—some only recently declassified. This first-ever glimpse of real tools of the trade (both historic and contemporary) includes treasures from the collections of the CIA, the FBI, and H. Keith Melton, a renowned author, historian, and international authority on spy technology. At this innovative exhibition, you and your students experience the world of intelligence first-hand. Your class will not only gain exciting new insights into the major role played by science and technology in how intelligence really works, but also learn the importance of intelligence gathering during the Cold War, and discover how the real men and women who do this kind of work can change the world every day – one secret at a time.

Charlie the Catfish

This remote-controlled robotic catfish was spawned in the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology. 4

SPY: The Secret World of Espionage grants teachers and students unprecedented access into the real world of espionage. There has never been a shortage of intrigue in the world of spies, and the artifacts and interactives revealed in this exhibition vividly tell their stories, past and present, through actual tools, technologies, and testimonials. Among the extraordinarily rare items are: • Charlie the Catfish, one of two CIA Robotic Catfish • Sleeping Beauty, the British WWII Two-Man Submersible • Cockpit of the A-12 Oxcart Spy Plane, one of only nine remaining in the world • KGB Pinhole Drill Kit, used to spy in the US Embassy in Russia A teaching unit built around a field trip to SPY: The Secret World of Espionage provides a thrill equivalent to opening an envelope marked ‘TOP SECRET.’ Espionage is so much more than what is seen on TV and in the movies – there are real dangers and incredible technologies involved, and this exhibition lets you experience it all. Students won’t have to crack a code to find out exactly how listening devices, invisible ink and subminiature cameras are utilized for surveillance and information-gathering. This exhibition unveils all of these secrets and more, allowing your students to become an intelligence officer for a day.


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