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SPYSCAPE, New York City

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SPYSCAPE is a contemporary experiential museum in New York City which aims to inspire people to discover their own superpowers through spy and superhero narratives, and experiences. Its seven main galleries are each themed around an aspect of espionage. It opened in February 2018 to a positive reception from local and international media..

The 60,000-square-foot museum & experience was created by Archimedia, a London-based private investment group and developer of resorts and leisure attractions, at a cost of "tens of millions of dollars." The "dark, labyrinthine interior" was designed by David Adjaye and occupies two levels inside a glass box building in midtown Manhattan.

The gallery themes include: Encryption, which focuses on the cryptanalysts who cracked the German Enigma machine in WWII; Deception, which takes visitors through the FBI's hunt for KGB mole Robert Hanssen; Surveillance, a 360-degree room that presents a closer look at Edward Snowden; Hacking, an emoji-filled gallery highlighting the Anonymous (group); Cyberwarfare, which focus on Stuxnet; Special Ops, which focuses on WWII spy gadgets and SOE Officer Virginia Hall; and Intelligence, which examines the how espionage and analysis shaped the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Visitors have the opportunity to test their own skills with various 'challenges' throughout the galleries - assessing traits from empathy and agility, to personality, brain power, and risk tolerance. The final gallery is Debrief, where visitors receive the results of their tests and challenges, and are assigned a spy role.
Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE was the first official James Bond exhibit in New York City - opened between 2019 and 2022 in SPYSCAPE's south gallery. The focal point of the exhibit is the actual Aston Martin DB5 that was driven by Pierce Brosnan in the film GoldenEye. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SPYSCAPE made the 007 x SPYSCAPE exhibition available for free online following the temporary closure of the NYC venue.
The latest installation, Batman x SPYSCAPE is an interactive adventure that tests visitors’ detective skills through a combination of a series of immersive physical spaces and a dedicated app for smartphones.

In April 2020, SPYSCAPE released a podcast series, True Spies, narrated by Hayley Atwell and Vanessa Kirby. True Spies provides a unique insight into the world of espionage, asking listeners what they'd do in real life spy situations.
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  • While tickets are a bit pricey, the overall experience was super fun. The SPYSCAPE museum offers some games you can do at home in advance of the visit, and the Batman experience has a section to play....  more
    While tickets are a bit pricey, the overall experience was super fun. The SPYSCAPE museum offers some games you can do at home in advance of the visit, and the Batman experience has a section to play....  more »
  • Great fun - our kids loved it and we had a good time too. Took us about 1.5 hours. Would definitely recommend. 
    Great fun - our kids loved it and we had a good time too. Took us about 1.5 hours. Would definitely recommend.  more »
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  • Literally the best activity we did in NYC. The laser game was crazy! All the small IQ tests were challenging and fun. The analysis at the end that tells you your weaknesses and strengths is really well made and looked futuristic. Our friends and I had a blast and I will probably revisit someday with other people. Their stores also has some very cool gadgets.
  • So much fun I found this place on my way to Central Park. We got the 007 experience as well. Supper fun and interactive without the 007. Also nice to learn about spy stuff. This is defiantly something for 10 and up. Not that you can’t bring your little, there is just some math and the button game may be harder for them.

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