MUST SEE IN NYC: SPY: The Exhibit at Discovery Times Square
Don't know where to take your kids in this sweltering heat? If you're visiting New York City, you won't want to miss SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. Keep reading to find out how you can win two tickets!
Ever get the chance to see an umbrella that turns into a device that can assassinate a world leader? Or see a shoe phone that was used by a real spy and not Maxwell Smart? Want to climb through a laser maze and then disguise your voice so that nobody knows it's you? Then do we have the place for you!
We recently hosted a fun and educational event for parenting bloggers and their families at the newest interactive attraction at Discovery Times Square... SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. This amazing exhibit offers visitors the first-ever public exhibition of treasures from the collections of the CIA, the FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and H. Keith Melton, the renowned author, historian, and international authority on spy technology. For the first time ever, SPY grants guests unprecedented access into the real world of espionage by providing a first hand look at the weapons, surveillance cameras and disguises used during some of the biggest spy cases in history. Take a look...
SPY's extensive collection of espionage-related artifacts, both historic and contemporary, come straight from the unparalleled 10,000-plus personal artifact collection of H. Keith Melton, author of several books on the subject, including the best-selling The Ultimate Spy and the forthcoming Spy's Guide to New York City. The remaining artifacts and surveillance videos come from the collections of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the FBI and the NRO. There has never been a shortage of intrigue in the world of spies, and the artifacts and interactives in SPY 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 world
The photography bucket from a CORONA satellite
KGB Pinhole Drill Kit, used to spy on the US Embassy in Russia
Check out the awesome video trailer my niece Dani shot of our experience:
Of particular interest to New Yorkers will be artifacts, video surveillance tapes, and other items from the collection of the FBI related to "Ghost Stories," the infamous Anna Chapman Russian spy case that beguiled New Yorkers and, indeed, all Americans just two years ago. The case is arguably the most successfully foiled clandestine operation in contemporary American history, and visitors will see shocking, recently declassified surveillance videos of the undercover Russian spies in New York City, along with many of their personal belongings and tools.
In addition to the fascinating artifacts, SPY will allow visitors the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the technologies and tools utilized by intelligence agencies across the globe. Visitors will see and hear from real spies telling their personal stories, including from Oleg Kalugin, the former head of KGB Counterintelligence in Washington.
The entire family will find this exhibit fascinating, there is something for everyone. Visitors to SPY will find an educational, entertaining introduction to spy skills and techniques that have not previously been displayed, Melton noted. "New York will get a thrill equivalent to opening an envelope marked 'top secret.' Espionage is so much more than what you see on TV - there are real dangers and incredible technologies involved, and SPY lets you experience it all. For the general public, visiting SPY will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Tools, Tricks, and Technology of "The Secret World of Espionage" is now on display at Discovery Times Square located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues). The interactive exhibition is open Sunday - Thursday, from 10am - 8pm, and Friday - Saturday, from 10am - 9pm, with the last allowed entry 45 minutes prior to closing each night.
Want to enter to win two tickets to Spy: The Exhibit? Then enter below and you and a guest may be escaping into the secret world of espionage!