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National Cryptologic Museum

8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
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Ranked #20 of 155 attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
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Stevensville, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Woodbridge, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

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... More

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Little Silver, New Jersey, USA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

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... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We visited this museum early this year and enjoyed it greatly. We were in the area again and decided to revisit. Be sure to ask for a (free!) guided tour. We had a different docent this time; each brought his unique interests and expertise to the tour. The building is rather small and you might walk through pretty quickly on... More

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Baltimore, MD
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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is a small museum. My husband was keen to go so we stopped one afternoon. Easy access, all on one level, so good for anyone with physical challenges. Well laid out, with exhibits on different branches of the service and their role in cryptology and security. I like the part on women and minorities in cryptology. Big exhibit on... More

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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This small museum is free although a bit out of the way. However it is fascinating and well put together showing how information was sent through codes from the time of the Civil War to present. The Enigma machine from WWII is there. It is only open during the week.

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Gulf Coast Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The NCM is a very dated warehouse or dumping ground for some miscellaneous equipment that the NSA had in their garage. Although the building itself takes on some importance due to its previous use and the relationship to the NSA, it looks as though it is a second hand shop. It's nice that someone or the agency itself decided to... More

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North Canton, OH
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95 reviews 95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We visit every time we are in the area and have never been disappointed in the exhibits. Seeing the equipment and reading the stories has never ceased to amaze us. We will return!

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