Given my fascination with all things espionage, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go to the closing-weekend of the exhibit “Spy: The Secret World of Espionage” at the Reagan Library on Saturday.
I’m a little embarrassed that even though the Library opened in 1991, I had not ever been. Some of my family live in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, and I drive right past it on the way to my aunt’s house. Anyhow, it’s in a beautiful location, overlooking the Santa Susana Mountains, and the Simi Hills.
a piece of the Berlin Wall
The Spy Exhibit was so much fun. It offered a peek into how secret agents and covert missions shaped our history. There were tons of gadgets and contraptions, most haven’t been on display before as they are part of a private collection of the founder of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. It also showed how technology has tremendously changed the way the spies operate. The exhibit was set up in chronological order and most of the pieces were linked to significant events in history.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
CIA created maps of Moscow due to the inaccuracies in the maps produced by the Soviets and CIA secret versions of Dr. Zhivago.
There were a lot of documents and memorabilia from former Soviets who were spies for the US. In a lot of the cases, they were found out by the disgruntled members of the CIA. That seems counterproductive!
At the end of the exhibit, there were voice machines, secret drop locations, interactive eavesdropping, hidden cameras, face disguises, and a laser maze! My alter ego as an international spy was in all its glory.
With less than an hour before the Library closed, we raced to the Air Force One Pavilion to see Air Force One and Marine One. In addition, they had cars from Reagan’s motorcade.
While I’m indifferent about Ronald Reagan, I have to say that the Presidential Library is very nice – there are so many interesting things; things I never thought I’d see here in Southern California. And the Spy Exhibit…well, in my next life I’m changing careers!