The Cold War Museum

The Cold War Museum endeavors to maintain a historically accurate record of the people, places and events of the Cold War. By educating future generations about the fears, divisions, and dangers that the Cold War fostered, the Museum will enable visitors to reflect upon the global geopolitical climate in which many of us grew up.

Features in the permanent museum building will include a central hall with large exhibits, a film theater, the main gallery, a picture gallery, temporary and rotating exhibition area, library and study areas, seminar rooms, bookstalls, and a cafeteria. The central hall may include a U-2, a section of the Berlin Wall, a KH-11 “Spy” satellite,a Stalin/Lenin statue, a nuclear fallout shelter, and other historical Cold War reminders.

The Main Gallery will be organized around concepts including:

  • 1946-48: The Coming of the Cold War. Berlin:1948-49, 1961, 1989
  • Espionage: CIA, KGB, NRO, other Intelligence organizations, Rosenberg
  • Trials, and Rudolph Abel’s capture
  • McCarthy hearings; Revolt in the East — Poland 1953, Hungary 1956, Czechoslovakia 1968, and Poland 1970
  • Cold War POW and MIA stories
  • Sam Jaffee and the media involvement
  • Space Race
  • Arms Race
  • Bomber Gap
  • Missile Gap
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Bay of Pigs
  • U-2 Incident
  • Solidarity
  • 1989-91: The End of the Cold War.

In addition, The Cold War Museum seeks to develop learning opportunities regarding Cold War implications for public policy, public administration, national security, and international peace and arms control. Through such resources The Cold War Museum will enable future generations to learn from the successes and failures of the past.

The Cold War Museum is cultivating relationships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Besopasnosti (KGB), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Archives, federal, state, and local entities, for-profit and non-profit organizations, worldwide veteran organizations, and individual citizens. The development of these and other relationships will help to establish the features that will be incorporated into the Cold War Museum and enhance the Museum's educational value.

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The Cold War Museum

P.O. Box 861526

(7142 Lineweaver Road)

Vint Hill, VA 20187

(540) 341-2008