Listen: International Spy Museum Opens New Location in Washington DC
"The international spy museum is reopening in a new location this weekend in Washington, Alexis Albion is the. Museums lead curator Alexis where is the museum opening and why did it move? So basically if you are on the mall, you can walk right down to museum. We move for a variety of reasons. One of them was because we really wanted to have a bigger and better permanent home for the museum and our for our collection. And that's what we have. We have a custom built building which is especially for our museum. We have more space. We have more resources like teaching space and event space and auditory for showing films doing events, and we're just really excited about having. This of space in Washington DC to display armies Eum and everything goes with water. Some the changes we're all familiar with JAMES BOND stuff in spiny. Imagine there's a lot more. Now, there is a lot more. It's really a new medium one of the great things about building new museum. When you've already had a museum for over ten years is that you can really look back at, you know, hundreds thousands of Tripadvisor reviews and see what people loved what they weren't. So keen on what they wanted to see more of less of and so on and we've tried to address all of that in the museum one thing that we really wanted to do was to be even more international and to have stories from all over the world different time periods. And also we wanted to go beyond just espionage, which is spying espionage is really just the human element of intelligence collection. So we wanted to get into the technology science, the engineering and one of the really new things as we have a whole exhibit devoted to analysis. Analysts actually make up the majority of people who work in television community nowadays. And we have a really interesting exhibit analysis. It goes into the set of bias sees that people have when they're doing. Analysis. We have a whole section on mind games where you get to kind of test yourself on your bias sees m we're really excited about about that and the other new aspects of the museum. What about the issues that are affecting intelligence community professionals like privacy is attached? Absolutely. You know, our first museum we opened in two thousand and two so much has happened in intelligence since that time and our audience is just so much more sophisticated about intelligence issues. There's so much about it in the news every day in our newspapers on TV, and we know that you know, we're dealing with a lot of really interesting and important issues. Again, you know, secrecy versus openness privacy versus security of these are issues that we definitely wanted to address we've tried to do that in the museum in sometimes provocative ways. But also always I think thoughtful interesting ways, we want our visitors to come and leave, you know, thinking that they may have a better understanding of the news and an end of the issues that again, you know, we're seeing everyday and how those things affect them really affect them as a citizens. And in their everyday lives. How much do you work as a museum with the intelligence communities that are around Washington? We we've always had really good relationships with the intelligence communities. They're excited about what we do. You know, some of these agencies actually have their museums. Like, the CIA has a museum at their facility in Langley. But you know, it's it's close it's not open to the public. And so that's obviously been one of the great advantages to having art museum. And you know, we are now a nonprofit which is something else. That's really knew about the museum. And so this gives us the ability to actually have things from the intelligence agencies that they've allowance to us always wanted to loan us artifacts, but they weren't able to our private museum. So we do have artifacts on loan from the intelligence agencies. You know, we are by no means behold into them, we are completely independent. And so we. Tell these stories from all angles successes failures, we are nonpolitical, but we wanna tell the whole story about"