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National Cryptologic Museum

8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
+1 301-688-5849
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Come here instead of the Spy Museum in DC

This is a great museum next to the NSA. I especially enjoyed the exhibit where one can write in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
akt85
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Madison, Alabama
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Educational and Fun

The museum is very educational, and seemingly fun for children. I did not attend with children, but... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Dr S
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A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“enigma machine” (38 reviews)
“code breaking” (16 reviews)
“code talkers” (9 reviews)
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8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum next to the NSA. I especially enjoyed the exhibit where one can write in invisible ink. My brother says this museum has better exhibits in secret agencies than the Spy Museum. Unlike the Spy Museum, the Cryptology Museum is free.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

The museum is very educational, and seemingly fun for children. I did not attend with children, but they had a scavenger hunt for them, which allowed them to navigate around the museum and answer questions, or decrypt messages, in order to win a prize as...More

Thank Dr S
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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for your review. Since 1993 the National Cryptologic Museum has educated visitors the little known story of code making and code breaking throughout U.S. history. We hope you come back!

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

This odd little museum is a hidden gem just off the Parkway near Severn, Maryland. See a real Enigma machine, learn all about spys and counter spying, and see what goes into intelligence operations. Not huge but hugely informative. A great place to pull over...More

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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thanks for your kind review. We hope you tell your friends and family about the National Cryptologic Museum and come back to visit.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Tag along and I visted on Friday December 15th. A warm and interesting place on a cold and snowing day. A great history of the encryption of communication and methods interceptions and breaking of enemy communication. From the Code Talkers to cold war and Vietnam...More

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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you for your review. We're happy that you enjoyed your visit and hope you tell your family and friends about the National Cryptologic Museum - the only public museum in the Intelligence Community.

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

This listing and most of the reviews are confusing since this unique little FREE museum is located 20-30 minutes South of Baltimore down Rt 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) at the intersection with MD Hwy 32. One you put the correct address (see the museum website...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

I found about this through the AAA travel book. Was a little strange trying to get here as the road loops, but GPS will get you here. So interesting to learn about how breaking codes and such affects the tides of war.

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

We two couples spent two and a half enjoyable hours learning about the history and people involved in both messaging by code and overcoming/code braking those same messages. If one enjoys history, foreign intrigue novels, math puzzles, or little known stories of unheralded achievers this...More

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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you for your thoughtful review. We will surely pass it along to Jill, who is just one of our expert docents. We are hoping for a new museum in about two years if the funds can be collected. See the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

First, I have to admit that I'm an engineer and the topic of Cryptography and Cryptology has always been every interesting to me. That being said, our visit here was the highlight of my trip to the area. My wife and I were here to...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Hidden away (appropriate to its name?) on the NSA campus, without an address for your GPS, this place is worth the hunt. Your GPS will probably find it by the name. Parking is good and no entrance fee. Very friendly reception with free docent tours...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

My expectations were low and it didn't seem it was going to be interesting. Bam! I learned how important cryptology was from the War of Independence to the present. I learned how it is done and how it changed the outcome of the wars we...More

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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thanks for your thoughtful review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit learning about the history of code making and code breaking!

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I do not park busses but there seemed to be plenty of parking in their lot. The lot is adjacent to the museum.
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