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National Cryptologic Museum
Based on 76 traveler reviews
Jun 09, 2014 by: Brad F from Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
This museum has a lot of military history and other cryptography history. Plan on 1-2 hrs to see everything. This museum is free. This museum is recommended for people who want to learn about military history and code breaking.
A haven for the geek
Jun 06, 2014 by: Lil B from
If you're into the history of cryptography this is a must visit. Housed in an old motel on the grounds of the NSA you can easily spend a hour or so touring the exhibits which include an early Cray supercomputer and a fully functional Enigma encoder/decoder which you can use. You're allowed to photograph the exhibits and there are enough 'kid friendly' exhibits to keep most kids ten or older amused.
Slightly above average but don't go unless you live history, spy games, Wars and code Breaking
Jun 02, 2014 by: jdreynoldsjr from Los Angeles, California
Lots of reading! Lots of displays but the quality of many displays represents high school level science fair. Many interesting facts...worthy picture taking. Lots of stuff on the Russian and Japanese as well as the code talkers during WW II. The place is behind the Shell Gas Station. It is not adjacent to NSA so it can be tricky to get to the place. Parking and Admission is free however the hours are not user friendly. They are only open One Saturday a month and they close at 4PM Daily. The volunteers and staff are very helpful and professional. If you enjoy this stuff I recommend requesting a tour guide in advance or see if you can join in on a group tour. There were many items that despite the reading was still confusing like the big Cray Super Computer. If anything, You get an appreciation for what the NSA does. They also have a few videos. Given the hours, you have to plan your visit very carefully because you will encounter NSA traffic. I would say 45 Minutes is all you need unless you have a high interest in this field of work.
Neat place to visit!
May 28, 2014 by: Magpie608 from Mount Airy, Maryland
Packed full of neat things, lot of hands on activities for little kids. Staff was very informative. Would be a great place for a field trip for a Scouting troop or school.
Fascinating History of Cryptology
May 28, 2014 by: ChasBaltimore from Baltimore, MD
Small, easy to understand and very accessible to major highways. Great educational tool for school-age children.
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