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“Educational and Fun”

National Cryptologic Museum
Ranked #16 of 249 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A museum featuring the science of cryptolgy.
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 they left the museum. It seemed fun, and there were lots of kids enjoying it.

The museum itself has lots of old artifacts, including super computers, type writers, and books. You will learn something here, for sure.

It's really interesting to compare encryption now and just a few decades ago.

The gift shop is small, but sells a few cool things. Mainly clothes and coins.

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 28 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 and explore while heading either direction north or south.

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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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 activities.

Great venue for adults and older children. Highly recommended

Thank Jerry G
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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 in the TA listing) into your GPS, it can easily find it.

The museum was an interesting 60-90 minute visit for adults. They had a STEM day for kids on the weekend. Cool artifacts about the evolution of cryptography, with some historic pieces that were used during Various wars and that you read or hear about in movies/books.

Thank luv2ride
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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.

Thank AkuByrd
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