The newest exhibition Spy:espionage in Australia at Newcastle Museum is all about spies. This fascinating touring exhibition was developed by the National Archives of Australia and uncovers the secrets of spies and undercover agents.
It explores the history of Australian security and intelligence from Federation through to the present day.
Unlike their flashy movie counterparts like James Bond, spies work in the shadows but this exhibition reveals some of their secrets from the past.
The exhibition uses records and objects from the National Archives’ collection and loan items from ASIO and other security agencies to bring to life this fascinating history.
It’s a fascinating look at the world of spies and secret agents, and one that you can share with your kids. Even though the exhibition deals with the mature subject matter of espionage, the exhibition is surprisingly family-friendly.
Kids can pick up a booklet at the front desk and follow an interactive family trail while they tour the exhibition. There’s one guide (black and yellow) for families with kids 3+ and another (black and green) for those with kids 7+. Complete the mission and then return to the front desk to collect your ‘License to Spy’.
There’s lots for kids to experience including codebreakers, identifying persons of interests and reading invisible ink.
Check out the disguises and cypher machines. Obviously, due to the nature of the exhibition, the older the kids, the more they will get out of it.
There’s free entry to Spy: espionage in Australia and it runs until Sun 13 Oct 2019.
For more information, visit the Newcastle Museum website.
Newcastle Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. It’s open 7 days a week during NSW school holidays and Public Holidays
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