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National Cryptologic Museum

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Address: 8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
Phone Number: 301-688-5849
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A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.

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This was a real learning experience and a great visit.

This great museum is for everyone. It is full of fascinating exhibits and history and how history had been changed or shaped by some of the events tied to cryptology over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
tank1050
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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526 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This great museum is for everyone. It is full of fascinating exhibits and history and how history had been changed or shaped by some of the events tied to cryptology over the ages. We had a wonderful docent to guide us through the many, many exhibits. Fred, an NSA retiree, was a knowledgeable and well spoken man, who truly enjoyed... More 

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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Things we never knew about our nation's other "silent service". Insights gained into how cryptology contributed to saving our nation.

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Thank Vic M
Asheville
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Excellent and interesting museum. Definitely worth a visit. We arrived too late for a guided tour but got to hear a guide during part of our visit. Highly recommend visitors use the services of a guide if possible to get the max out of your visit.

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Thank TravelFun55
Dublin
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

This small, yet huge, museum is worth a couple of hours to visit if you are near DC or in Maryland. You can appreciate the history of cryptology and the historical ramifications of this field by the time you finish touring. If possible, try to have a docent provide a small tour with their person favorite stories!

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Thank J C
United States
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91 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This museum is unabashedly for geeks and history buffs, especially cryptomathemeticians. It is filled with memorabilia, including an Enigma Machine, which you can use to send encrypted messages. If you have ever wondered what exactly an intelligence agency does, and how that fits into world events, this is the place to go. Interesting features you might not expect include a... More 

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Thank Deborah F
Odenton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Just transferred here and was surprised at how interesting this little museum is. Definitely worth the visit.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This museum was very interesting and had lots of information. However, it was difficult to read about everything I was looking at due to having the kids.

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Thank Lainey C
Severn, Maryland
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I think most people will be surprised by what they see here. Interesting history of the National Security Agency.

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Joshua Tree, California
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Enjoyed the free tour. The museum is consists of the various devices and men & women and clandestine services that make up the spy community. There are memorials to fallen heroes from various missions throughout our history. The WWII and Vietnam exhibits are fascinating. Worth the time.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

We spent over 2 hours at this special place. My wife was lucky to receive a private tour (a great guide -Tod). Our 11 year was challenged with a task, 14 stations with a code to break, questions about the display. Our 2 year old received a coloring book so there was something for any one. Real enigma machines to... More 

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