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National Cryptologic Museum

8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
301-688-5849
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Ranked #32 of 156 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.

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Baltimore
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164 reviews 164 reviews
89 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to the National Cryptologic Museum. I'm not sure how well publicized it is, many locals I've mentioned it to aren't even aware it's there. It is very low key and understated, almost an afterthought to the National Security Agency offices located nearby. That does give the place a sort of ambience though. The museum itself... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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135 reviews 135 reviews
65 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I am not going to attempt to cover the material of this place but if you are interested in spies, history, NSA or emerging technology this is definitely a cool place to visit. FREE admission, scavenger hunt for the kids with prizes at the end. Clean restrooms, vending and easy safe parking. It is a bit tricky to find this... More

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
39 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 helpful votes 30 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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