Russia, NATO, war—these topics dominate the modern news headlines. These current global events make the Nixon Library’s new special exhibit timely and relevant as it transports visitors behind the Iron Curtain to the height of the Cold War.

On July 4th, the Nixon Library unveiled a new special exhibition that brings together a unique collection of Cold War artifacts for the first time to tell the story of the conflict that dominated the second-half of the 20th century. The Cold War: Soviets, Spies and Secrets begins in a reproduction of the White House cabinet room and then takes visitors through Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie to experience the East/West divide that gripped the world after the end of World War II.

Visitors can view a decommissioned atomic weapon, launch a missile from a nuclear submarine, seek refuge in a fallout shelter, operate a geiger counter to test for radioactive materials and test their spycraft by examining top secret materials using a spy camera. Artifacts are on loan from the CIA Museum, International Spy Museum, National Atomic Testing Museum, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the Regimes Museum, and other museums across the country.

The special exhibit is open for a limited time. 

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The Cold War: Soviets, Spies and Secrets is included with admission to the Nixon Library. The Nixon Library is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Nixon Library admission is $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, $19 for high school and college students, $19 for retired military, active military are free, children 5-11 for $15 and children 4 and under are free. 

Nixon Foundation Members enjoy complimentary admission to the exhibit as part of their membership benefits.