Sites to See
Other Sites Inside Headquarters Building
Directorate of Science & Technology Gallery | Directors Portrait Gallery
Intelligence Art Gallery | Melzac Art Collection
George H. W. Bush Bust | Library
This exhibit honors the OSS legacy for all who continue the vital missions begun six decades ago by a remarkable organization of extraordinary Americans. This extensive collection of OSS tradecraft and memorabilia includes personal items from OSS Director William J. Donovan, an Enigma machine, artifacts from OSS/Burma’s Detachment 101, communications equipment, weapons, and former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fedora.
This newest museum gallery at CIA features artifacts from CIA operations in Afghanistan following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the U.S. The gallery presents the joint efforts of CIA, the military, and Coalition Forces to overthrow the Taliban, kill or capture the al-Qa’ida leadership, and deny a major terrorist organization its safe haven.
This special exhibit features hundreds of rare Soviet and Stasi clandestine espionage artifacts from the private collection of H. Keith Melton, author of “The Ultimate Spy Book.” Miniature cameras, listening devices, and concealments are among the extensive array of spy gear presented.
For over 50 years, the DI has been providing timely, accurate and objective all-source intelligence analysis on a full range of national security and foreign policy issues to U.S. Government officials. Most importantly, the DI supports the President, the Cabinet, and senior policymakers through the production of finished intelligence products. Analysts integrate data into a coherent whole, put the evaluated information in context and make assessments of events and judgements about the implications of the information for the United States. The CIA does not make policy, but rather the intelligence analysis performed by CIA analysts helps policymakers make informed decisions.
The DS&T gallery provides a glimpse into the secret world of highly innovative technical concepts and devices. The items displayed here were designed by some of America’s most advanced thinkers who adapted existing technologies or invented new ones. Favorite artifacts in this gallery include the insectothopter (a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle) and Robofish (an unmanned underwater vehicle).
A growing collection of mission-related, intelligence-themed paintings are displayed in the gallery under the aegis of the CIA Museum and the CIA Fine Arts Commission. Each work of art depicts a significant event in intelligence history.
Displayed throughout Headquarters is a collection of original abstract expressionist paintings collected by the late Vincent Melzac, former Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The paintings were created in the 1950s and 1960s by artists from the Washington Color School to study the way the eye perceives color and pattern.
Vincent Melzac commissioned the bust of George H.W. Bush sculpted by Marc Mellon. The CIA Headquarters compound was renamed the George Bush Center for Intelligence in 1999 in the honor of the only person to serve as Director of Central Intelligence and later as President of the United States of America.
This valuable resource to the Intelligence Community contains approximately 125,000 books, subscribes to about 1,200 periodicals, and provides on-line access to some 35,000 periodicals. The library maintains three collections: Reference, Circulating, and Historical Intelligence. New material for these collections is selected around current intelligence objectives and priorities.