New KGB Spy Museum in NYC Features Huge Collection of Soviet Spy Cameras

If you’re a fan of old and unusual cameras, the new KGB Spy Museum in New York City is something you may want to put on your list of museums to visit. Located in Manhattan, the space features a huge collection of spy cameras created during the Soviet era among 3,500 exhibits.

The man behind the museum is named Julius Urbaitis, and he previously opened another similar museum called KGB Bunker in Kaunas, Lithuania.

KGB Spy Museum curators Julius Urbaitis and his daughter Agne Urbaitis.

Here’s a look at some of the spy camera exhibitions you’ll find in the NYC museum:

Hidden spy camera inside a book based on F-21 spring-wound camera widely used by KGB
“OSA” (Hornet) – it doesn’t bite but shoots photos hiding behind a belt buckle
“Zasada” (Ambush), a camera for clandestine photography during stakeouts
First models of VEF Minox with enlarger and developing tank
Hidden camera FED with a bee latch/lock on the side that opens up exposing the lens
These cameras were used for covert photos of small documents as well as used by border agents to take photos of passports.
Special secret hidden camera in a ring that can shoot 5 frames

“[We’re] presenting the world’s largest original photographic technique collection in the world,” Urbaitis says.

The new KGB Spy Museum is located at 245 West 14th Street in NYC, open 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Sunday, and costs $25 for general adult admission.

A big thanks to Vladislav Kern of for helping to put together this article.