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Want to get into the skin of James Bond and face nail-biting experiences like him as a spy? Then immediately head towards New York’s Spyscape. It is a modern museum designed to provide a thrilling, unforgettable experience. Opened on February 16, 2018, this enticing facility became a possibility with united efforts of many developers, hackers, gamers, curators, architects, engineers, spies, storytellers, designers, and top spy enthusiasts. All these people with great coordination and top-notch skills toiled hard to develop this place to provide stimulating experience to the people. Spyscape’s motto is to turn ordinary people to become extraordinary for a day. It consists of seven galleries, each gallery with its own set of unique adventures and activities. The theme is mainly spying and hacking. Intelligence, Cyberwarfare, Special Ops, deception, surveillance, encryption, and hacking are the galleries present to explore. The objective is to find your inner spy by the end of the tour. You are given a title which suits you on the quests you have been. The titles are spymaster, spycatcher, surveillance officer, special ops officer, technical ops officer, hacker, cryptologist, intelligence operative, intelligence analyst or agent handler. Nosing around the museum from a spy's perspective is marvelous is what the visitors express. Designed with loads of interactive tasks, the place is educational as well as entertaining for every age group. All the technologies, tools, and things used in spy movies and novels can be found here. The best part is you can handle them personally. David Adjaye, a British architect, is the man behind the design of this every kid’s fantasy. He took the help of intelligence agencies and real-life spies and incorporated their lifestyles in the design to make this museum look more authentic.
Become a spy for a day at Skyscape and discover your inner espionage skills
The surveillance gallery is people’s favorite where a 360-degree view of CCTV footage is shown and they check your observation, vision, and accuracy skills. Learn how international organizations and agencies deal with surveillance footage to solve cases.
Spies play a major role in passing secrets from the terrorist organizations to the FBI or any other security service agency to disrupt as well deter the activities of terrorists or hackers. In this Deception Challenge, learn how to lie without getting caught and also the techniques that are used for spotting a liar.
Learn about the cryptologists who hacked the cipher machine. Get familiar with the art of decoding and coding messages to communicate without leaving any traces. This mission’s success is based on the accuracy and speed in using ciphers.
Spying loses its significance without the art of hacking. Hacking is vital. Look out for the teenager who successfully hacked the CIA, finds out the hacking groups and their missions. Most importantly meet the hackers and learn tips n tricks to save yourself from getting hacked.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets can be purchased online from the museum's website or you can walk-in and purchase at the museum itself. Categories are adult, child and student.
How To Get Around?
Walk through the museum, there is no option for bicycles. However, the wheelchairs and walkers are allowed to tour the museum.
What Should I Wear?
There is nothing to be avoided, you will do fine with casual-wear.
Best Time to Visit
It takes around 90-180 minutes to cover everything at your own pace. It’s open throughout the week. It is open on Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. However, the last entry is at 7:30 pm on anyday.
Will I Need a Guide?
The staff will assist you in exploring the different themed galleries in the facility.
How To Get There?
The museum is located at 928 8th Avenue, New York(entrance on the corner of 55th Street). Subway: C,E to 50th Street Subway station, A,B,C,D to 59th Street, N,Q,RW to 57th Street. Bus: M20 Southbound to 55th Street(7th Avenue. M7, M104 (Southbound) to 54th Street( 7th Avenue). M20, M104 Northbound to 52nd Street (8th Avenue). A little bit of walking from these streets to the museum is necessary. Car parking is available at 55th Street (iPark lot) with a parking charge of $15 for 3 hours.
Storage lockers are available in coat rooms to store large bags and backpacks for free. Outside food is not permitted except water bottles; however, a cafe is present inside. No-flash photography is permitted, service animals are welcome. Wheelchairs are available too.