A New Exhibition
Opening February 6: FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda
On President Reagan’s birthday, February 6, we’ll be opening a new exhibition called “FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
This 11,000-square-foot exhibition covers the history of the storied agency from inception to its modern-day efforts to fight domestic terrorism in the United States. Exhibits and features include:
- The FBI’s Beginnings — Learn why it was created, what makes it different from other federal agencies, and how it’s changed over the years. Artifacts on display will include items from J. Edgar Hoover’s (the first Director of the FBI) office and estate.
- The Making of an Agent — What are the requirements to becoming an agent? What training do agents go through? In this gallery, guests can participate in a handful of interactives, including an abbreviated qualification to become an agent of the FBI.
- The FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Lists — See how they originated and what they’ve accomplished for the FBI.
- Major Cases – This gallery will showcase the stories — and evidence — from some of the FBI’s top cases, including Al Capone, John Dillinger, the DC Beltway Snipers, the Mafia, the Unabomber, and 9/11.
- The Changing Face of the FBI — This gallery will look at how the FBI has changed over the years. An FBI lab set-up will showcase their technological advancements and artifacts will include items from the 9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
- FBI in Film and Pop Culture — Now that visitors have learned about the real FBI, they will be able to reevaluate what they’ve learned about the FBI from film and pop culture. See props, poster and costumes from shows like “Bones,” “The X-Files” and “The Americans.”
Entertaining and educational for the whole family, FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda is a can’t-miss exhibit.
*Exhibit opening date may be delayed pending re-opening of visitation to the Library and Museum to the general public.