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30 Days of Philly Arts: SPY:The Secret World of Espionage at The Franklin Institute - Day 30

The Franklin Institute has been all things science since it was founded in 1824 to honor Benjamin Franklin and further the usefulness of his inventions.
The Institute houses flight simulators, an IMAX theater, and traveling and continuing exhibitions, and it hosts the Philadelphia Science Festival (and won an Emmy for a video produced for the 2013 festival!).

This is the last week to experience the exhibition Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, running through October 6th. It turns out that some of the spy gadgets shown in the James Bond movies aren't that far from reality. The exhibition follows the evolution of espionage and what it actually means to be a spy.

There are the hundreds of unclassified artifacts from the CIA, FBI, and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), along with the private collection of Keith Melton, an intelligence historian. Among these rare artifacts are a collapsible motorcycle, a two-man submarine, and a robotic catfish! These artifacts are accompanied by the stories of their use.

Interactive displays allow participants to learn how the featured technologies were used in espionage. One of these recreates the scene from the Get Smart movie remake of the 1960s TV series where Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway steal information from a laser protected vault by letting you actually navigate through a laser maze! And you can experiment with voice-altering technology like the kind used by real spies to disguise their identities.

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Check out this video about the exhibit!