Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Based on unprecedented access to the agencies and people who conducted the hunt, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden examines the intelligence and military activities that led to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed nearly 10 years after 9/11.  

The exhibition follows the years-long search for the leader of al-Qaeda. The story begins with pre-9/11 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and on the USS Cole in Yemen, continues through bin Laden's disappearance in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains after 9/11, and culminates in the Navy SEAL raid on his hideout.

The exhibition includes interviews with key figures: President Barack Obama, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the commander of the raid, Admiral William McRaven, among many others.    

The Museum has also gained unparalleled access to intelligence officers who were key to the hunt and military members who carried out the raid. In many cases, these individuals are speaking publicly for the first time, detailing how the hunt carried on over years, despite disappointment and sacrifice. 

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