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International Spy Museum Set to Open New Facility in Washington

WASHINGTON — The International Spy Museum is scheduled to open its striking new facility with reimagined state-of-the art exhibits on L’Enfant Plaza on May 11.

The new 140,000-square-foot steel and glass building is a short walk between the National Mall and the Wharf and is twice the size of the museum’s former home at F Street NW.

The museum explores the many roles individuals have played in spying and intelligence work, from ancient Greece and China to the Cold War, Cuba and Vietnam, to today’s cyberspace and social media.

The new exhibits include a re-creation of the Situation Room during the capture of Osama bin Laden; an immersive exhibit about Communist Berlin that includes the re-creation of an East German Stasi office with all original artifacts, a border checkpoint and original segments of the Berlin Wall; and interactive stations that enable visitors to take on spy personas and test their mettle and skills.

The rooftop, which provides nearly 360-degree views of Washington from the Capitol to the Washington Monument to the Wharf, and indoor event space with floor-to-ceiling windows opened in September.