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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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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I mean, the coolest thing, in my opinion, was that they have a hobo exhibit - I was not expecting that. They do offer a great overview of spy and intelligence hardware and background information. But, it is small and isolated.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We took the Baltimore-Washington expressway from DC up to the museum. We were not sure exactly what to expect when we got there. We took a wrong turn and ended up at a restricted NSA entrance and were redirected to the appropriate area. We were warmly welcomed into the museum by one of the volunteers who explained the set up... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stayed in Laurel, MD last year and missed the exit and ended up at this museum. That was at night so this year we made a point of coming back and visiting. The museum was very interesting with some good historical exhibits related to cryptography and the history and context of how cryptography has been used. My son enjoyed... More

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Massachusetts
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186 reviews 186 reviews
39 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We found the directions to the museum cryptologic and it took us several miscues to finally get there. We enjoyed following a tour being given as the explanations and history offered by the guide were excellent. It really made us feel old to see so much of what we lived through as now being declassified history.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum has loads of cryptolotical equipment and spy stuff. But the presentation and set up of the museum is not very impressive. My kids did the kids' quest piece, but they weren't engaged in the actual material. The paid International Spy Museum in Washington DC has less stuff, but presents theirs in a more manageable way. This is worth... More

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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

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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232 reviews 232 reviews
122 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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