On Nov. 13, 2015, the Newseum opened “Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror,” a new version of its popular FBI exhibit, featuring never-before-displayed evidence and artifacts from some of the FBI’s biggest cases. In the post-9/11 era, the bureau’s top priorities are terrorists, spies and cybercriminals, stalked with powerful new surveillance technologies.
The FBI’s mission of combating terrorism is a major focus of the new exhibit, which displays more than 45 new artifacts, including the Toyota Corolla abandoned by 9/11 hijackers at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., and a Nissan Pathfinder that was rigged with explosives in a failed attempt to bomb Times Square in 2010. The alarm clocks, propane tanks, pressure cooker pot and other components of the homemade bomb will be on display inside the SUV.
The FBI has been making headlines for more than 100 years, and the exhibit explores the sometimes cooperative, sometimes combative relationship between the press and the bureau.