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National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations coming to Loudoun

A rendering of the National Intelligence and Special Operations Museum to be located at Kincora in Loudoun County. Courtesy Photo
The Office of Strategic Services Society has selected the Kincora development for the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations.

The 56,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to open in 2020, will occupy eight acres of the 424-acre mixed-use development west of Route 28 and south of Route 7. The museum will aim to "educate the American public about the fascinating history of American intelligence and special operations and their critical role in preserving freedom."

"With so many men and women in Loudoun who have served in the intelligence community, our county is proud to be selected for this museum,” Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), whose district includes the Kincora property, said in a prepared statement.

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency during World War II and is the predecessor to today’s CIA. Famous TV chef Julia Child, James Donovan from “Bridge of Spies” and architect Eero Saarinen, who designed Dulles Airport, all served in the OSS.

“We hope this national museum, which will be dedicated to the men and women who serve at the ‘tip of the spear,’ will inspire future generations of Americans to serve their country,” said Charles Pinck, president of The OSS Society. “Northern Virginia, which is home to the intelligence community, the U.S. military and major defense contractors is the ideal location to build it,” he said.

Architect Curt Fentress designed the National Intelligence and Special Operations Museum. He said he drew inspiration from the feathers of an American bald eagle’s wing. He was also inspired by the spearhead insignia, whose use by the intelligence community began with the OSS during World War II.

About 100,000 visitors are expected annually at the nearly $72 million museum.

Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program (SSP) will be the museum’s educational partner with interactive activities and artifact-based exhibits for students.

“We have long envisioned Kincora as a hub for civic and cultural uses in Loudoun County,” said Michael Scott, co-developer at Kincora. “This iconic building, and the fascinating history of intelligence and special operations work to be exhibited, will draw curious visitors from around the world.”


Wonder if they will give reduced parking and admissions to the family who had their property taken by eminent domain.  Guess this is what the commuinity economic benefit is for that roadway.

It’ll be free to get in, but parking will be $25.

Not sure what would draw people to a museam focusing on just a small time in history.  Its like having the Marine Corps museam covering 60 years of its history!  So everything that has happened since the OSS became the CIA is left to…another museam?

Exciting news! I can’t wait to check it out with my family.

@Buffacuse3 isn’t Udvar-Hazy in directed competition to the Air and Space Museum? I’m sure neither suffers from a lack of visitors.

Fine, but isn’t it going to be in direct competition with the already well-established International Spy Museum downtown?  Good to see something in Kincora though…now the utterly useless toss-a-bone-to-the-developers safety station will have something to protect.

P.S. While we’re at it, could we get a real aquarium too?

This is good.

Yes, I’m aware of that. But anyone who has been to any federal gov’t building in the last 15 years will appreciate that there is nowhere to park unless you get there by 8 AM, thanks to the fed’s outdated policies to “encourage” carpooling.

100,000 visitors per year, not per day.  So, 25k parking spaces would be a tad excessive!  If the museum was only open 5 days a week, that’s less than 400 people per day.  And I’d assume that not only would a couple of them carpool, they wouldn’t all be there at the same time.

And where will these 100,000 visitors park? Good thing the federal government isn’t in charge…they would build 25,000 parking spaces and expect the rest of them to carpool to visit the museum.

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