Before closing its doors in March due to the coronavirus, the International Spy Museum in L’Enfant Plaza encouraged visitors to test their stealth skills by crawling as quietly as possible through an air duct in the ceiling.
But when the pandemic reached the D.C. region, museum officials knew this activity would no longer be prudent. That remains the case even after the museum began welcoming visitors again June 22, under the city’s phase two reopening.
“We couldn’t have people in a small space, crawling, touching everything,” says Jackie Eyl, the Spy Museum’s youth education director. “So we went back to what our goals were, and it’s to test stealth.”
Adapting to the challenge, the museum took a sound meter inside the air duct and placed it under the floor beneath a display about ninjas. “Now, we encourage people to practice their ninja walks,” Eyl says. “While it’s not climbing through a ceiling, you still get to practice your stealth.”