The ultra-secret CIA has temporarily opened the doors of its museum to allow a handful of reporters and photographers a behind-the-scenes look at spy tools and gadgets. (Photo: Gallo Images/Reuters)
Welcome to the world’s most secret museum of James Bond-style spy gadgets, specialized weapons and models of the most important wanted hideouts on the planet.
Until now, the public had no idea what lay behind the walls of the Central Intelligence Agency Museum, an ultra-private enclave filled with relics from espionage and misfortune in Langley, Virginia. But to coincide with its 75th anniversary, the CIA revamped the museum and recently allowed a select group of journalists and photographers to share fascinating details of the CIA’s covert operations.
“It’s not just a museum for museums,” says museum director Robert Byer. “This is an operational museum. We take CIA officers and explore their history, both good and bad. We must learn from our successes and failures in order to be better in the future.”
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