The Spy Museum Is On The Move

Of all the organizations PhotoAssist has worked with since our inception, the International Spy Museum might be the most intriguing. In preparation for the museum’s launch, we spent two years tracking down 1,000 photographs, documents, and drawings. The museum, a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Washington, D.C., has been open and going strong for more than a decade.

Last week, some interesting news broke: The Spy Museum is headed to a new location. According to several reports, plans call for the museum to move from its spot on F Street NW to the Carnegie Library. From the Associated Press story:

Museum officials told The Associated Press on Monday they will propose a redevelopment of Washington’s historic Carnegie Library with the city’s convention center authority, Events DC. The project would include new 40,000-square-foot underground space for exhibits and a new glass pavilion to house a District of Columbia visitors center, cafe and museum store.

Peter Earnest, the museum’s executive director and a former CIA agent, said the Spy Museum has outgrown its space since opening in 2002 in downtown Washington.

What’s particularly exciting about the move is that the Spy Museum aims to become a nonprofit organization. That’s the goal of founder Milton Maltz and Malrite Co., the company that owns the museum. “They realize it’s an important institution and want it to go on,” Earnest told the AP. “They think the best way to assure that is to give it to the community.”

The Spy Museum is a fascinating place. It will be interesting to see what its future holds.