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July 02, 2021 - January 09, 2022

In a worldwide premiere, come see FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum – a brand-new 11,000 square foot exhibition which covers the history of the storied agency from inception to its modern day efforts to fight domestic terrorism in the United States. This is the first time that many of these remarkable, historic artifacts and criminal evidence have been on public display together.

Come see authentic artifacts from the DC Beltway sniper case, the infamous “Unabomber” case, 9-11, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Oklahoma City Bombing and more. Artifacts include the actual car Bonnie and Clyde were shot and killed in, a jet-engine found at the World Trade Centers on 9-11, the raft and paddle used in the escape from Alcatraz, and hundreds more.


  • The FBI’s beginnings – why it was created, what makes it different from other federal agencies, and how its 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 to 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 – 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. Artifacts on display include the bullet-ridden car in which Bonnie and Clyde met their fate, John Dillinger’s death mask, the raft and paddle used in the only escape from Alcatraz, Donnie Brasco’s undercover documents, trial evidence from the DC Beltway sniper case and the infamous “Unabomber” case. Artifacts will also cover the Patty Hearst kidnapping, Watergate and the Oklahoma City Bombing – including parts of the bomb-laden truck from the crime scene, fragments of the building, and personal items recovered from the rubble on that tragic day.
  • The Changing Face of the FBI – this gallery will look at how the FBI has changed over the years. A 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, X-Files and The Americans.

Entertaining and educational for the entire family, FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, not to be missed.

“On the cyber front, we’re seeing hack after hack, and breach after breach. And we’re seeing more and more what we call a “blended threat,” where cyber and espionage merge together in all kinds of new ways. We still confront traditional espionage threats, with dead drops and covers. But economic espionage dominates our counterintelligence program.” – FBI Director Christopher Wray

“The FBI and all its employees, whether they’re special agents or support employees, are dedicated to the well-being of all United States citizens. In that light, this exhibit will expand individual knowledge of the FBI, respect of the FBI, and it’ll reaffirm and, potentially, educate individuals regarding the FBI’s jurisdiction and accomplishments during the course of its great history. – David Espie, Former FBI Agent

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