Spy: Espionage in Australia

11 June to 30 October 2022

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. 

Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

On tour from National Archives of Australia, Spy will bring the stories of real spies out of the shadows and into the light here at Cobb+Co Museum.

The exhibition shows authentic spy equipment and surveillance images from ASIO and other security organisations, and features candid interviews with ASIO officers. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on activities, play the part of a secret agent in the interactive trail, and test their skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

This is a national touring exhibition developed and presented by National Archives of Australia. Exhibition development and tour supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, and Visions of Australia.

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Three kids standing in front of a giant sign spelling out the word spyYoung boy and girl dressed up as spies with magnifying glasses holding spy themed activity booklets.

Spy Trail: Do you have what it takes to be a spy?

When you arrive at the exhibition, take part in one of our FREE Spy Trails for families. Spy Trail is an imaginative journey through the secret world of spies. Working together, families can go undercover to solve puzzles, find clues and practice their spy skills. Spy Trail is offered on two levels.

Spy Story (recommended ages 3+)
Take a Spy Story book and a pencil when you arrive at the exhibition and start your spy adventure! Work together to find clues, read stories and talk about the interesting things you find. 

Spy Mission (recommended ages 7+)
Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Take your Spy Mission briefing book and a pencil when you arrive at the exhibition and start an adventure with your family and friends. 

Do you have a school of spy kids?

We offer a fantastic facilitated school program and self-led excursions with resources that align to the Australian curriculum and meet a range of year levels and integrated learning areas.
Cost: Free entry for Queensland schools during term time. Teachers can download Spy Files (1714 KB) pdf document icon, a curriculum-aligned education kit for the exhibition.
Call now to arrange your school booking on (07) 4659 4900.

Event Details

Dates
11 June 2022 - 30 October 2022
Cost
Free with Admission

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