Head to the Crossroads of the World – NYC Time’s Square this summer and . . .
become SPIES for the day!
All image credits to Alexandra Mascali
The SPY Exhibit at Discovery Times Square is the perfect day for family fun and a MUST SEE for spy enthusiasts!
We loved it so much we are giving away 2 tickets – Leave a comment below for a chance to WIN! (winner randomly selected from comments on July 9th)
Yesterday, Elizabeth and I took most of our kids, plus my nephew to a blogger event hosted by Beth Feldman of Role Mommy and the creators of the Discovery Times Square Spy Exhibit. It was a fascinating day for all of us. The exhibit in NYC is the World Premiere and 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. On display are real gadgets and real artifacts from spies and spy catchers, as well as real spy technologies.
Forget what you think you know about spies from movies and novels, where fantasy usually gets mixed in with only a few kernels of truth. This interactive new exhibit will take you beyond the fiction and Hollywood drama and put you face to face with the fascinating truth behind the scenes. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it’s like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works – how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.
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
We loved watching the 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!
Our boys LOVED the the interactive items in the exhibit like, creating their own disguises, altering their voices, and the HIT of the day, navigating laser beams in the laser maze room! Elizabeth, Ally (her teenage daughter),and I tried too, the fun was contagious.
Look at the world in a new way.
Test your spy skills in the LASER MAZE.
See the real spy tools.
Dream of being a spy.
View “never seen before” SPY artifacts.
Get close to a piece of history.
Visit if you can this summer, it’s worth the trip!
WINNER IS Diane B. from the comments below – Congratulations!
The SPY Exhibit is presented by BASE Exhibitions, a division of Base Entertainment, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence.
BASE Entertainment (Producer) BASE develops, produces and manages intellectual properties generated for live entertainment stages in North America, Asia and Brazil. BASE’s current production activity includes the following productions in Las Vegas: Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, Phantom at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at The Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Defending the Caveman at Harrah’s. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom and The Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, BASE programs both the Grand Theater, previously home to both The Lion King and Wicked, and the Sands Theater. In Brazil, BASE, with Geo Eventos, opened Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sao Paulo in March 2012. In 2013, BASE will premiere Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow’s new musical Diner on Broadway. Spy: The Secret World of Espionage represents the premiere museum quality exhibition developed and presented by BASE. BASE Entertainment’s headquarters are in New York, and its founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger.
Bright Lights Educational Foundation (BLEF) is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide financial assistance to help disadvantaged students attend iconic, educational, and entertaining exhibits that tell the greatest human stories from history and the curriculum and lesson plans to support the experience.
Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events. More than a museum, DTS has featured a renowned line-up of exhibitions including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii: The Exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and most recently Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).