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Act as a secret agent, uncover facts and investigate leads to solve a crime!

Contact: Margie Marino (505) 841-2841

(Albuquerque, NM -January 31, 2016) – Immerse yourself in the world of international intrigue and espionage at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s (NMMNHS) new traveling exhibit Top Secret: License to Spy running from Saturday, February 6, 2016 through April 17, 2016.     In this highly interactive exhibit, the visitor assumes the persona of a secret agent, uncovering facts and investigating leads to solve the crime.

Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, and based around a James Bond-style fantasy of exotic locations, high-tech equipment and, of course, a mystery to solve, Top Secret: License to Spy focuses on the science and technology of spying and espionage. 

The visitor is presented with a scenario and six suspects. Armed with a Spy File, the visitor’s job is to gather intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the secret world of espionage.

Top Secret: License to Spy consists of 21 interactive science exhibits, including spy satellites, hidden cameras, night vision, sound beams, code breaking and more to piece together the clues and solve the mystery. Top Secret caters to a wide audience and encourages families and students to collaborate to piece together the clues and fulfill the mission.

 “New Mexico’s rich history in Cold War research ties in really well with this exhibit.” said Margie Marino NMMNHS Executive Director.  “We are excited to bring this exhibit to New Mexico.  We believe it will offer an engaging experience in critical thinking for our visitors.”

Older children and teenagers will especially enjoy the challenge of working through the entire exhibition while younger children can also benefit from stand-alone interactive exhibits such as the Laser Maze and Photo Disguise.

Top Secret: License to Spy and the Museum are open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a limited engagement through April 17, 2016. A small upcharge for the exhibit will be added to the museum admission price.    

Top Secret: License to Spy is sponsored by the NMMNH Foundation Board of Directors, Lead Gift: George and Sibilla Boerigter.

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The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic monuments, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest state cultural agency in the nation.

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