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Spy: Espionage in Australia

30 October 2021 to 6 February 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.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia.


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: For younger families (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. Afterwards, visit the front desk to claim your mission reward. 

Spy Mission: For adventurous families (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. Visit the front desk to claim your mission reward. 


Education kit for teachers

Teachers can download Spy Files (1714 KB) pdf document icon, a curriculum-aligned education kit for the exhibition (coming soon).

Please contact us to arrange school bookings on 07 3234 5100.

Exhibition development and national tour supported by the Australian Government Visions of Australia, National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).


Event Details

30 October 2021 - 06 February 2022
Free with Admission