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National Cryptologic Museum

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Address: 8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
Phone Number: +1 301-688-5849
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.

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Interactive, fascinating

So glad we spent the day at one of the most important, fascinating, and intriguing museums we have ever enjoyed. So many interactive exhibits for the whole family. Don't miss... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So glad we spent the day at one of the most important, fascinating, and intriguing museums we have ever enjoyed. So many interactive exhibits for the whole family. Don't miss this!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best code breaking museums there is in the world. They have the only WWII Japanese purple machines in the world. Interactivity and kid friendly. Perfect for the technological minded and math majors of the world.

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Gettysburg,PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with two grandsons recently and we had a wonderful time. They were intrigued by the Enigma machine and loved the chance to encipher a message using it. The displays about Revolutionary and Civil War codes and ciphers were really interesting. At various places, there are interactive games that enabled us to guess the codes Navajo code talkers used... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is in a refurbished motel now owned by NSA. Exhibits go from the beginning to the modern methods now in use. Of special interest is the exhibit on the Nazi code machine, enigma, which was cracked by the British at Bletchley estate.

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Thank wwilsonmaryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lot's of crypto history here, including many Enigma machines and a BOMBE. There is one Enigma machine that the public can use to cipher and decipher text. Very cool.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I'm not traveling for business, I like to explore landmarks in my backyard. I'm fortunate to live across the bridge from the nation's capitol near places like The National Cryptologic Museum. I learned about this gem earlier this year and was eager to visit. Pros: Easily accessible to major roads. Great for all ages; they have activities geared towards... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great biographies, technical descriptions, artifacts, and stories of code-breaking successes. For example, I was happy to learn about Poland's and the US's contributions to cracking Germany's enigma machine during WWII. It put Bletchley Park's role in perspective. Some of the (detailed) descriptions on the exhibits are repetitive. They also have puzzles for kids to solve at many of the exhibits.

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Sykesville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Making up for a summer that went by like greased lightning, our family decided to do some day trips the last week before school started. After passing by this museum probably a thousand times, we finally visited. I was very pleased to find the location easy to find, parking is available right in front of the building, and it is... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Having served in the US Army long ago -- say the Cuban Missile thing in the early 1960s -- I had great interest in seeing what the NSA would serve up at the Cryptologic Museum for that era. Nothing on display but if you ask, they will offer a handout with some information about Nam. The old saying, We Served... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

When I visited the museum, I did not expect to find much of the equipment that I used while in the Air Force to be alread in the Museum. Then I realized it had be 40 something years since I used this equipment.

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