Spies (3:15)© Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

An exhibition presented at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie from 15 October 2019 until 8 August 2021.

Are you ready to dive into the heart of the intelligence community?

The Western Republic, a (fictitious) country placed under surveillance as part of the fight against nuclear proliferation, is suspected of having carried out an underground nuclear test on its territory. A diplomatic crisis has just erupted, and the State is counting on you to step into your secret agent's suit.

This is the starting point of the Spies exhibition-mission, a collaborative effort between Universcience and TOE - The Oligarchs Editions, in partnership with the producers of the French series "The Bureau" TOP - The Oligarchs Productions and Federation Entertainment.

The exhibition invites the visitor to become an actor in this espionage affair, which is entirely invented, but totally realistic, and to discover the many unexpected professions in the intelligence community. 


An exhibition designed in co-production with TOE-The Oligarchs Editions in partnership with the producers of the Bureau des Légendes TOP-The Oligarchs Productions and Federation Entertainment, in partnership with CNRLT, DGSE, DGSI, DRM, DSRD, DNRED and Tracfin, and with scientific support from CEA.

  • Meet fourteen spies through video interviews, featuring active French intelligence agents presenting their work and revealing their often-unfamiliar professions.

  • Test a real ZM500 seismometer and decipher the seismographic results.

  • Explore and investigate a Parisian office to detect hidden listening devices.

  • Discover the objects used by spies and how they build a fake identity in Sylvain Ellenstein's workshop.