The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s newest exhibition is a complete mystery. Visitors to the exhibition will have to figure it out for themselves. Top Secret: License to Spy visitors will go undercover and enter a world of coded messages and satellite surveillance when they take on the role of a secret agent in the Museum & Aquarium’s latest feature exhibition.

Top Secret: License to Spy explores the science and technology of spying and espionage, including how to uncover a radio bug with an oscilloscope and using lasers to monitor conversations. Top Secret: License to Spy is an exhibit was designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Austalia. The exhibit is toured by Imagine Exhibitions, Atlanta, GA. Scitech CEO Alan Brien says “The exhibition is designed to be used in a cooperative fashion to encourage group participation. Even James Bond needs the support of a ‘Q’ and a ‘M’ to fulfill his missions, and we look forward to welcoming plenty of ‘double 0’s’ in-training.” Visitors will gather the intelligence needed to achieve their mission by breaking codes, uncovering microdots, using spy satellites and creating elusive disguises. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by this behind the scenes glimpse of an undercover world that has been re-created with life-like sets and activities. Science has never been so….Top Secret.


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In honor of Black History Month, The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, will host a special traveling poster exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that highlights the African American experience throughout history.

The exhibit, entitled “A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture” will run throughout the entire month of February. The exhibit focuses on key artifacts housed in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. These artifacts tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. It features the child-size shackles of a slave and the clothing worn by Carolotta Walls on her first day at Little Rock Central High School to Chuck Berry’s Gibson guitar, “Maybellene,” and the track shoes worn by Olympian Carl Lewis, the exhibition presents a living history that reflects challenge, triumph, faith and hope.

The exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for the Museum & Aquarium to showcase its work in sharing the many stories of African American and African diaspora people and their contributions to the local community and the American story.

The journey to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture began a century ago with a call for a national memorial to honor the contributions of African American Civil War veterans. After decades of efforts by private citizens, organizations and members of Congress, federal legislation was passed in 2003 to create the museum. Since then, thousands of artifacts have been collected to fill the inspiring new building that has risen on the National Mall. Through its exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a shared lens to view the nation’s history and the possibility for hope and healing. It is a place where all can gather to remember, reflect and embrace America’s story: a place for all people. For more information, visit nmaahc.si.edu.