Adjaye Associates

SPYSCAPE is set to open in December.

Hannah Walhout
October 23, 2017

A museum dedicated to spycraft is landing soon in possibly the least inconspicuous place on Earth: midtown Manhattan.

The project, known as SPYSCAPE, is set to open in New York City this December — but details are, fittingly, under wraps. Archimedia, the creative and investment company behind the project, has acquired a number of spy artifacts and archival materials, and will use immersive storytelling to explore history’s greatest spy affairs, from the Enigma code crackers to the teenage hacker behind a recent breach of the CIA website.

The museum's website hints at interactive interrogation rooms, laser tunnels, and more. At the end of the tour, visitors will learn what kind of spy work they’re destined for — allegedly based on a proprietary “profiling system” created by the Head of Training for British Intelligence.

The museum space was designed by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye’s New York City-based firm, Adjaye Associates, whose many high-profile projects include Washington, D.C.’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Adjaye Associates

The final design will include seven “bespoke pavilions” in a complex that “draws from the architectural language of the most significant spy organizations,” according to the architectural firm. Cryptic design elements such as smoked glass and video screen panels will enhance the museum experience and the atmosphere of espionage.

Tickets start at $39 on the SPYSCAPE website.

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