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National Cryptologic Museum
Based on 87 traveler reviews
Feb 28, 2015 by: R K from Woodbridge, Virginia
This is a little bit out of the way, right beside NSA off of US 32. I was on a business trip and had time to kill... Glad I did. whether you are a math whiz, history buff, or a "Cryppy" this will intrigue you. Starts all the way back in 1800s... Codes, machines, techniques, technology. They have tours that take about 20 minutes that are a good way to start... But I needed a couple of hours. I would rate as a "Don't Miss"!
Jan 20, 2015 by: Watsson from Annapolis, MD
The facility is kinda grungy and the physical presentation may not be the best, but the content is terrific.Learn what the NSA does when it's not hacking your emails and monitoring your phone calls. Very cool, very important stuff. Be sure to take one of the tours -- 20 minutes or so.
Everyone should see this. The history is fascinating.
Jan 04, 2015 by: devirathod from Wichita, Kansas
I learned a lot about the history of cryptology and the NSA, even though I had worked with the agency as a contractor. No matter how much you think that you know, you will learn more here. The displays are great, and the explanations even more so. If you are interested in either history, language, or technology, you should definitely go see this.
Tons of info, not necessarily well displayed
Nov 16, 2014 by: primerstar6 from Baltimore
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 The museum itself will look a bit outdated to anyone used to modern science museums. There are definitely some relics on display, albeit in a sort of clunky way. I suspect the building was originally intended for something else because some of the displays are housed in odd ways not conducive for long observation. There is also so much information packed into the relatively small displays that I think one has to either get a guide or explore very patiently and thoroughly in order to get the most out of this museum. There is so much cool history here that isn't often talked about in history class. One gets the idea we're only scratching the surface of some of our nation's more covert operations, but this is a great introduction. Even with drawbacks like an isolated location and poor layout, it's definitely worth a visit, and is another good, free museum in the area. Free parking is on site.
FREE museum, scavenger hunt
Oct 04, 2014 by: Groovina B from Baltimore, Maryland
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 place so use your GPS. Watch your use of cameras as your are right next to the actual NSA campus. Gas station closeby if needed. This probably would NOT be a good museum for anyone under 9. Allow 2-3 hours to visit. Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.
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