Espions, the spy exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences

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Published by Elodie D. · Published on 18 October 2019 at 17h40 · Updated on 15 November 2019 at 18h38
From October 15, 2019 to August 10, 2020 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.

Calling all spy fans! Paris Cité des Sciences provides us with an exhibition likely to meet such as success, to discover from October 15, 2019 to August 10, 2020.

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

Opening Time
From 15 October 2019 to 9 August 2020



    30 Avenue Corentin Cariou
    75019 Paris 19

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

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    Horaires : 10h-18h sauf le lundi, nocturne jusqu’à 19h le dimanche.

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