The Office of Strategic Services Society has selected the Kincora development in Loudoun County for its National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations.
The 56,000-square-foot facility, which is anticipated to open in 2020, will occupy eight acres of the 424-acre mixed-use development west of Route 28 and south of Route 7. The museum will aim to "educate the American public about the fascinating history of American intelligence and special operations and their critical role in preserving freedom."
"With so many men and women in Loudoun who have served in the intelligence community, our county is proud to be selected for this museum,” Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), whose district includes the Kincora property, said in a prepared statement.
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency during World War II and is the predecessor to today’s CIA. Famous TV chef Julia Child, James Donovan from “Bridge of Spies” and architect Eero Saarinen, who designed Dulles Airport, all served in the OSS.
“We hope this national museum, which will be dedicated to the men and women who serve at the ‘tip of the spear,’ will inspire future generations of Americans to serve their country,” said Charles Pinck, president of The OSS Society. “Northern Virginia, which is home to the intelligence community, the U.S. military and major defense contractors is the ideal location to build it,” he said.
Architect Curt Fentress designed the National Intelligence and Special Operations Museum. He said he drew inspiration from the feathers of an American bald eagle’s wing. He was also inspired by the spearhead insignia, whose use by the intelligence community began with the OSS during World War II.
About 100,000 visitors are expected annually at the nearly $72 million museum.
Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program (SSP) will be the museum’s educational partner with interactive activities and artifact-based exhibits for students.
“We have long envisioned Kincora as a hub for civic and cultural uses in Loudoun County,” said Michael Scott, co-developer at Kincora. “This iconic building, and the fascinating history of intelligence and special operations work to be exhibited, will draw curious visitors from around the world.”