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Knowledge is power – and secrets are hegemony. Because of Finland’s geopolitical position between the East and the West, our country has long been a very busy area for international espionage. Espionage has had immense significance worldwide in central areas of social life: in politics, the economy, warfare, and competition – whether between companies or ideologies.

YleiskuvaThe Spy Museum is the world’s first museum to focus specifically on espionage. It records and displays the history and state of the art of international espionage. The exhibition collection provides a good cross-section of the methods and technical equipment used in espionage, including tapping, ciphering, optical equipment, radio technology, weapons, caches, changing of identity, IT espionage, and much more. The museum also sheds light on dozens of notable spies and their stories.

MyrkkysormusMuseum visitors can find other museum-based attractions, as well as cafés and restaurants, in the Finlayson cotton mill area. Those with limited mobility should contact the museum staff when arriving at the location on a weekend to ensure full access.


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Contact information and opening times

Satakunnankatu 18
33210 Tampere

(Finlayson area, Media 54)


Check opening hours from the museums’ homepage.


  • Mansoor Muhammad says:

    Very nice to know about world’s first spy museum so close to my home. Hopefully I will be able to visit there very soon.

  • Erik says:

    Have you any information of the CIA sup- plying weapons to Finnish stay behinds 1950-1960.

  • Ohje says:

    “Jätä kommentti” toimii kuin sähköinen vieraskirja. Voit kertoa kokemuksiasi museosta, kehua tai antaa kehittämisehdotuksia. Kommentin voit jättää joko omalla nimelläsi tai nimimerkillä. Lähetettäessä kommentti tulee sivulle kaikkien Museokompassin käyttäjien luettavaksi. Asiattomat viestit poistetaan. Niistä voi ilmoittaa sivuston ylläpitäjälle sivun oikean alakulman “Lähetä palautetta” -lomakkeella tai sähköpostilla: anu.salmela(at)

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