Spying—on your neighbors, on random strangers, on your ex-partner’s new partner—can be kind of fun. Now, there’s a whole Manhattan museum dedicated to the fine art of surveillance, deception, and decoding.
Developed in concert with former intelligence officials and hackers, the building is decked out in what the New York– and London-based firm is calling “the architectural language of the most prestigious spy organizations:” materially, that translates to black linoleum, grey acoustic paneling, and dark fiber cement across a series of glass boxes that hold exhibitions while fragmenting the viewer’s sense of space. Outside, the facade is covered in dot-and-pixel vinyl, which provides solar shading while keeping the inside shrouded from prying eyes.
For $39, visitors can learn about history’s most famous spies, climb through an agility-testing laser maze in one room and crack codes in another, or detect lies in special interrogation booths. At the end, the exhibition analyzes each visitors’ skill set, Myers–Briggs-style, assigning each an intelligence job that best corresponds with demonstrated ability.
With features like a 350-square-foot multimedia elevator and whiz-bang elements, the three-story SPYSCAPE’s exhibits are ensconced by a futuristic palette—all cool blues and green. A bar, event spaces, and a rare book store round out the program.
SPYSCAPE is open from 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. daily. More information about the museum can be found here.