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National Cryptologic Museum
Based on 65 traveler reviews
Second time as good as the first
Nov 14, 2013 by: 91914 from
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 your own, but you would probably miss many of the gems tucked away here. If you are at all interested in history, you should make a stop here. It is understated but the lack of glitz does not take anything away from the amazing stories.
Enjoyable place to learn some history!
Oct 20, 2013 by: SilverAnnie from Baltimore, MD
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 the Enigma Machine, too! I feel I should say, I find all this interesting, but am not a geek about it. I imagine if someone were REALLY into it, they would love it. Well worth an hour or two!
Decoding over the years
Oct 14, 2013 by: Sharon C from Columbia, Maryland, United States
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.
Novel, but mediocre displays
Sep 19, 2013 by: Pillsbury1111 from Gulf Coast Florida
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 showcase the items to the public, but it could take some ques from the International Spy Museum in DC as to how to present these items to the public. Given the topic and the interest that I have in much of what was to be seen here, frankly I'm surprised by my own score. But, that to a great degree is dependent on the quality of the presentation, which is just mediocre. If you're into this gear, it will likely hold your interest.
Aug 27, 2013 by: jean858 from North Canton, OH
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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