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National Cryptologic Museum
Based on 70 traveler reviews
Off the beaten path and free
Mar 04, 2014 by: Anet62 from Stevensville, Maryland
Little known museum. Small, but caters well to kids. Completely free and they have take home prizes.the kids and adults enjoyed learning the history of cryptology
Jan 08, 2014 by: wcstaney from Kingwood, Texas
This museum covers the history of signals intelligence (SIGINT), code breaking, and the National Security Agency. As their web site states: "Located adjacent to NSA Headquarters, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, the Museum houses a collection of thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession. Here visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked. For the visitor, some events in American and world history will take on a new meaning. For the cryptologic professional, it is an opportunity to absorb the heritage of the profession." I found the museum fascinating and well worth the visit.
Well worth a side trip
Jan 07, 2014 by: Dnyanesh M from Alexandria, Virginia
The museum is off the beaten track but well worth a visit. I particularly wanted to see the Enigma machine. They have one that you can play with along with the story of breaking the enigma code. There are Japanese coding machines as well. I went alone on a weekday afternoon but they were happy to have a Docent give me a tour. He happily showed me around fro nearly 3 hours and answered questions on everything from the civil war to cold war. There is not much on public key encryption although it was cool to see a Cray computer as a museum piece. The contributions of minorities (including code talkers) and women is covered well. It is not a flashy museum but don't let that put you off.
Very glad we visited
Dec 18, 2013 by: 1Traveling2000 from Woodbridge, Virginia
I had heard about this museum from a friend and our family had an enjoyable visit. The museum is small, but has a remarkable amount of exhibits/information. I also had a lot of fun in the library where some very interesting books are housed. Small children might not enjoy this place, but our two teens like it as much as we did.
Will go back to learn more
Dec 13, 2013 by: GoingWherever from Little Silver, New Jersey, USA
Make sure you get in on a tour; they are worth it. In addition to the overall information, you will be talking to someone who worked for NSA and did these types of things. There is sooooo much packed into the multiple rooms that you can be overwhelmed. Plan to take your time and read, or if possible go back multiple times so you can absorb things. Great displays, and the best was the opportunity to actually touch an Enigma machine! The Bombe was neat to see, too. Go, take your time, and enjoy; I know we did and we'll be back.
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