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National Cryptologic Museum

8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
301-688-5849
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Ranked #27 of 157 attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
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Huntsville, AL
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Free, but a little out of the way. Could use a little paint and freshening up, but it is an absolute must if you are a history buff. Contains several German Enigma Machines - one that you can even use yourself. A U.S. Navy Bombe used to decode Enigma takes up most of a room and there were eventually over... More

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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

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.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

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... More

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Los Angeles, California
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206 reviews 206 reviews
110 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

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... More

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

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.

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Baltimore, MD
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Small, easy to understand and very accessible to major highways. Great educational tool for school-age children.

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Deadwood, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Even though this is a 30 minute drive outside of DC, it is not to be missed. The tour guides are very knowledgible (they are retired NSA people who know there stuff from personal experience). Not only do they have the Enigma machines, you can actually operate them yourself. A good history of intelligence, cryptology and where it worked or... More

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Stevensville, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

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

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Kingwood, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

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... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

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... More

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