National Cryptologic Museum, Baltimore

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  • 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, for...  more »
  • 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 ar...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Lots of informative text panels on the history of cryptography as well as a variety of actual machinery and equipment on display that was used during the various wars in which the USA participated. Comfortable seating available in every room for fatigued visitors. The museum is free of charge with plenty of free parking and easily accessible from Route 32.
  • This is the NSA museum. It was interesting going in there and seeing all the cryptography and encoding and decoding of years past. The guides there are all ex-NSA members so they have good knowledge of the stuff in the museum and can talk hours on it because it was there life.
  • This place is rich with history. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and are willing to answer questions. If you're coming here to see the latest and greatest tech, don't bother. Most of the display items are legacy. Obviously they can't open up a museum to the public and show everyone current tech and methods. The museum is somewhat small but you'll find plenty inside to pique your interest.
  • Thank you NSA for keeping America safe. We really have no idea how fortunate we are to have you stopping so many bad things from happening here. We appreciate it very much. Keep up the great work.
  • Interesting for anyone interested in history of Cryptology. Wish it wasn't so close to the NSA buildings... It would have been better in place like DC on the national mall.

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