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CIA Museum - Virtual Tour

CIA Museum – Virtual Tour

The CIA Museum is a national archive for the collection, documentation, and exhibition of intelligence artifacts, culture, and history.

The Central Intelligence Agency Museum collection of over 3,500 artifacts has been officially declassified. However, since the museum is on the compound of the Center for Intelligence, it is not accessible to the public.

The CIA Museum has partnerships with Presidential Libraries and other major museums to create exhibitions dedicated to understanding the craft of intelligence and its role in American history.

The museum’s collection includes artifacts from:

  • the CIA’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
  • the activities of foreign intelligence organizations
  • the history and mission of the Central Intelligence Agency

The museum’s collection includes clothing, equipment, weapons, and memorabilia used by intelligence organizations historically and presently.

CIA Museum - Virtual Tour

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States. Its tasks are gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT).

As one of the members of the United States Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is focused on providing intelligence for the President of the United States.

The CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection.

The CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry out and oversee covert action at the behest of the President. 

The CIA has expanded its role, to include covert paramilitary operations. The Information Operations Center (IOC) division, has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations.

CIA Museum - Virtual Tour

“The Cold War Gallery: Fifty Years of Silent Conflict” exhibit showcases 6,000 clandestine espionage artifacts from the United States, the former Soviet Union, and East Germany

Highlights of the CIA Museum

  • Cold War Gallery
  • OSS artifacts from World War II
  • CIA two-person semi-submersible
  • Robot Fish, Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV)
  • Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – insect-sized Micro air vehicle (Insectothopter)
  • A subminiature radio receiver concealed in a pipe – the user hears the sound via “bone conduction” from the jaw to the ear canal
  • Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment
  • Concealment Devices
  • Seismic Intruder Detection Devices disguised as animal droppings
  • German Enigma Machine
  • Afghan Gallery
  • Osama bin Laden’s AK-47 

CIA Museum - Virtual Tour

CIA Museum

  • Museum:         CIA Museum
  • City:                 Langley, Virginia   
  • Country:          United States
  • Opened:          2002
  • Type:               Spy Museum
  • Category:        National Museum of the United States 
  • Location:        1000 Colonial Farm Rd, McLean, VA, United States

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“According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979.”
– Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Photo Credit: The Central Intelligence Agency / Public domain

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