A ‘Museum of Espionage’ Has Just Opened in New York City
A new museum has just opened in New York City which is dedicated completely to the world of spying. It’s called Spyscape and it was designed by famed British architect David Adjaye, with the museum inviting its visitors to learn the tricks used by undercover agents.
The interactive Spyscape museum opened last week and occupies a renovated 60,000 sq ft building on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, just two blocks away from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Adjaye is one of the hottest architects currently working on the planet having recently won the Design of the Year 2018 for his work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Before completing the Spyscape project, Adjaye consulted with former hackers, station chiefs and directors of intelligence agencies.
Spyscape focuses on everything espionage with surveillance, hacking, deception and intelligence operations all covered throughout the exhibition. As such, the space has been created with a dark and mysterious atmosphere in mind. To achieve this, Adjaye utilised a fusion of smoked glass, bespoke fibre cement, mirror-polished steel and dim lighting.
Upon arrival at the museum, visitors are each presented with an ‘Identity Band’ which is used to track their journey with electromagnetic fields. A video then gives a briefing on secret intelligence, before guests are assigned one of 11 spy roles – including agent handler, cryptologist, hacker, or intelligence analyst.
Spyscape has plenty of interactive activities throughout with an interrogation booth teaching budding detectives to ‘learn the art and science of spotting lies’, and a 360-degree projection showing live and pre-recorded CCTV imagery that mimics a surveillance mission. Visitors are also timed as they creep through a room of laser tunnels.
Located at 928 8th Avenue, Spyscape also features a café and a book shop with over 1,000 rare and first-edition spy books, and a gift shop filled with spy gadgets. Open daily between 10am and 8pm, tickets costs $39 for Adults and $32 for Children. Head over to the Spyscape Website for more details.
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