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“Great place to visit if in the area!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Cryptologic Museum

National Cryptologic Museum
8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
301-688-5849
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Ranked #31 of 133 Attractions in Baltimore
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great place to visit if in the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

The museum is small but is full of valuable information during various time periods. You can walk through the tour, walk with tour guide or use your cell phone. Museum is free but can make donation if desired. The museum took approximately one hour to view. The tour would be interesting for children as well with the interactive displays. A definite must see.

Visited June 2012
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Rowlett, Texas, USA
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“The story of codes from simple to complex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Even hobos had codes. They were used in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. They were used in ancient times. There's an excellent display on the enigma, and you can actually encode/decode a message. There are a lot of artifacts to go with all the information. I was lucky that there was a school group visiting and the curator gave the tour, so I got to listen in. Allow 2-3 hours. If you don't like reading, you won't get anything out of this museum as you can't just look at the artifacts and gain any understanding.

Visited May 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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“Really Neat Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Open during the week until about 3:30 and only the first and third saturday mornings each month. It is rich in history and education.

Visited May 2012
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“Historical Treasure Trove!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We live about 45 minutes away from this gem, and frequently take out-of-town guests here because of the variety of exhibits. Depending on your interest in history, you can stay for just a short time, or longer, but because it's free admission you don't feel obligated to spend all day (although you could, if you took the time to read through each exhibit.)
Don't forget to step into the library and see (actually you can touch!) a huge, heavy, lead-lined German Naval Codebook, designed to sink to the bottom of the sea.
Afterwards, if you have kids, take a short walk through the woods (other side of the parking lot), to take an up-close look at the airplanes that you drove past on your way in.
Also, if you have kids, don't forget to ask for the special handouts (I forget what they're called) at the receptionist desk. Great program--at the end when their paper is filled in, they normally get a free pencil or cipher wheel along with their congratulations.
If you do make this a short visit with kids, afterwards, the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center is nearby and worth a stop too. The NWVC has a fantastic indoor exhibit (hidden inside), and great outdoor walks as well.

Visited April 2012
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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“a real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Next time you're planning a trip between Washington and Baltimore, plan a good two hour break to visit this out of the way museum. I did just that last summer and took my 12 year old son. The museum provides for all age groups. I probably could have taken my 8 year old daughter as well, but boys are more likely to be interested in secret codes and "war stuff". Not to be confused with the Spy Museum in DC. The Cryptologic Museum is less experiential but packs in way more information. It provides a fascinating insight into twentieth century, "hot and cold", war history. Codes and code-breaking were a particularly powerful factor in World War II. My father served in the Pacific in WWII with a code-breaking unit and while there I saw a booklet in the museum detailing some of his unit's story. The library staff were happy to let me take a copy, which made our visit especially memorable. I plan to go back on my own one day, to see all the things I had to skip over when I was with my son.

Visited July 2011
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