For every public event in history there is a usually secret, behind-the-scenes account that only certain officials and select others know. Starting this Saturday, some of those mysteries will be revealed and on display to the public, at the Pacific Science Center's SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit.
The exhibit brings together previously classified information and artifacts from the CIA, FBI, KBG and NRO from the times of the Cold War, Bulgarian uprising, Russian revolution, Cuban Missle Crisis and more. In addition to these departments, renown intelligence historian and authority on spy technology H. Keith Melton is loaning parts of his immense private collection to the exhibit as well.
Some of the more exciting pieces on display are the scripts and documents from the real life mission that inspired the Academy Award-winning film Argo, an A-12 Oxcart Spy Plane from the 1960s (one of only nine left), and the actual ice pick which killed Russian revolution founder Leon Trotsky.
Ever seen an assassination umbrella? You can here. On display will be an umbrella that fired a poison ricin pellet into the leg of a Bulgairan defector while he was waiting for the bus.
You'll also have the chance to test your skills in an actual laser field (Ocean's Eleven style). Finally figure out if you'd make a good bank robber, without incurring the actual consequences.
Also premiering Saturday in conjunction with SPY is the IMAX movie D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944. The 40 minute film is narrated by Tom Brokaw, and shot exclusively in Normandy using CGI, animation, and live-action images.
For tickets to SPY and D-Day head to the Pacific Science Center's website. They're anticipating high volumes of people, so get your tickets online to avoid the long lines.