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National Cryptologic Museum

8290 Colony Seven Rd., Baltimore, MD 20701
+1 301-688-5849
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Thursday afternoon

This is really an enjoyable museum. Really an overload of information available. A retired worker... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom B
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hidden Gem for History Buffs

We visited this hidden gem last Saturday. Hard to find a free activity this good! Steven was... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
Jack-Diane-NewBloom
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • 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 1 week ago

This is really an enjoyable museum. Really an overload of information available. A retired worker was giving a talk about the enigma machine to a group of students and I listen in. Very interesting. I think it is a must see.

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We visited this hidden gem last Saturday. Hard to find a free activity this good! Steven was our host and did a superb job of explaining the role cryptology has played in key events in US history. He demonstrated the perfect blend of knowledge and...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Really cool museum on a subject that never really gets attention. It’s free and very kid friendly. Can be very quick or longer depending on your speed. It’s really worth a trip.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We were in town to do some research and stopped by the museum for a break. Docents are excellent, very knowledgable. Lots of interesting facts and items in the exhibits. Well worth the stop.

Thank Cruising2by2
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Anyone who is interested in our nation's secrets should visit the National Cryptologic Museum. Such fascinating displays and information.

Thank carolmissy66
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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thanks for coming to the museum and appreciating its unique story on American history and its artifacts.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The museum and parking are free. Docents are friendly and helpful. Great variety of spy stuff, some of which visitors can actually use - like the enigma machines. Convenient location from both DC and Baltimore. I will visit again.

Thank Ronald A
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Cryptologic_Museum, Public Relations Manager at National Cryptologic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to you coming back.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

This museum is a great resource for learning the history of codes and cyphers and spies through the ages. We were able to take a guided tour that lasted about 90 minuets. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very willing to answer our questions.

Thank ChuckHankKy
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 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.

Thank akt85
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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

Thank barymad
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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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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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