Collection, conservation, research, exhibiting and communication are the key tasks of every museum. None of this is possible without a collection, which represents the foundation of every such institution. No museum displays all of its collection: the rest is kept under lock and key, accessible only to curators and historians.
The German Spy Museum has accumulated a unique collection of artefacts from the history of espionage. Focusing on the Second World War and the Cold War, we also have a large collection of props from the James Bond films. Here is just a selection of choice objects from our collection:
An encryption device for Stasi operatives abroad Stasi agents abroad used this encryption device to send coded messages to their superiors in East Berlin. The most well-known user of such a device was the West German Rainer Rupp (codename Topas) who spied for the East Germans at NATO Headquarters in Brussels between 1977 and 1989.[...]
Enigma – the name covering a thousand riddles Enigma is perhaps the best-known encryption machine of the Second World War. Derived from the Ancient Greek word for “riddle” (and not “secret” as is often claimed) it served as the name for a range of different machine versions. Developed in 1918 by the German engineer Arthur[...]