Espions, the spy exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences - Last days

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Published by Elodie D., Cécile D. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 5 August 2021 at 11h53
Become a spy with Paris Cité des Sciences! In partnership with the national intelligence services and French TV series Le Bureau des Légendes [The Bureau], let’s put on the shoes of an agent who has to investigate a nuclear test abroad. The exhibition is back on June 27, 2020 and extended to September 5, 2021.

Calling all spy fans! Paris Cité des Sciences provides us with an exhibition likely to meet such as success. Interrupted because of the coronavirus epidemic, Espions is back from December 2020, and extended to September 5, 2021.

With this playful exhibition open from 12 years old, you’re like an agent from The Bureau. Director of Intelligence Marc Lauré aka Moule à gaufres [Waffle Iron] tells us we have to move quickly to deliver details to the President of the Republic within 48 hours. Moving from service to service, we’ll have to collect information the President needs by becoming a sound analyst, a satellite picture analyst or even a cryptographer…

All in all, over 25 devices are available to help us understand better the scientific methods and protocols to observe in these top-secret missions. At the end of the investigation, children and adults are expected in the crisis room to write down the detail form and discover the decisions taken by the President thanks to the collected data.

For the exhibition, 14 intelligence agents agreed to be interviewed so that you can make the difference between true and fake spies as described in some series and books. And to illustrate all this, you’ll discover more about six contemporary spy cases such as the murder or Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 20, 2010, the cyberattack against TV5 Monde on April 10, 2015 or the poisoning of Serguei Skripal on March 4, 2018…

According to Universcience president Bruno Maquart, the exhibition was possible thanks to the DGSE [General Directorate for External Security], the DGSI [General Directorate for Internal Security] and the DRM [Directorate for Military Intelligence] as they “agreed to support a display of such a scope; thanks to them, the tour is as close to the reality as lived by those working in today’s intelligence.”

Between investigation and exhibition, we love it!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 15 October 2019 to 5 September 2021



    30 Avenue Corentin Cariou
    75019 Paris 19


    Métro : ligne 7, station Porte de la Villette.
    Bus : lignes 139, 150, 152, station Porte de la Villette.
    Tramway :T3b, station Porte de la Villette.

    chomeurs, handicapés et accompagnateur: Free
    tarif -25 ans et +65 ans: €9
    tarif plein: €12

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