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National Cryptologic Museum, Baltimore

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  • In 1966-1968 this building was a motel outside Fort Meade. Today it's hard to envision beds and a restaurant. The story of cryptology from the US Revolution to today covers a lot, the docent explainin...  read more »
  • This museum is dedicated to the history of cryptography used to protect communications own and read those of the enemy. It contains many objects of high historical importance, such as the equipment used to decrypt the keys to Japanese, used to turn the war in the Pacific during the second world war theatre, or several Enigma machines. There are also several examples of secure telephones STU, as well as the predecessor used for SGM to communications between Washington and London. For computer enthusiasts, they can see several supercomputers Cray X-MP and a Y-MP. In the souvenir shop items with the logo of the NSA, can buy which can be a good gift for your hacker friends.
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  • Great little museum. Shows the connection between intelligence and success in warfare. It also shows the connection between code-breaking and modern computers. Hours are not really convenient. 
  • If you are interested in cryptology and how it started, this is the place for you. Tons of info... They offer self-guided and guided tours, a library, kids area and a conference space. No charge to walk through the museum. This is a great place to visit before heading down to DC to check out the Spy museum.
  • You must go if you are in the area, at least once. They have two real, ENIGMA machines that you can use to encrypt/decrypt messages with! Many treasures and stories from ancient to modern times, describing how messages were kept hidden and how they were revealed.
  • Nice museum, run by the NSA. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and friendly. A great look into our cryptographic past. They have some great enigma machines to play with!
  • Excellent place to spend a few hours with kids for free. They even have a scavenger hunt activity and you can play with an Enigma machine.
  • One of the few places in the world you can learn about cryptologic history, and it's free.
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