Plan a Visit

The NCM is open free of charge to the general public. The approximately 60,000 people who visit each year would say it is -- A VISIT WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!

In addition to the information about the Museum on our website, you can also visit the NSA website for information about all exhibits, days and times the Museum is open, directions (note for GPS users - enter 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD), and more. Find information about the Museum at www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic-heritage/museum

 

MuseumTrek app

The Museum has a new interactive program for guests. Download the TrekSolver App on your smartphone and go on a "Top Secret Scavenger Hunt." It's FREE and it's fun! Find the answers and solve the puzzles, and get a certificate redeemable for prizes at the front desk. A fun way to explore the museum. (Best for ages 12+)

NCM Volunteers are Key to Your Visit

The Docent Program and Receptionist Program, both staffed by knowledgeable and helpful volunteers, will make your Museum visit more enjoyable, interesting, and educational.

Docent Program

The National Cryptologic Museum’s docent program is critical to the operation of the facility. Visitors to the museum consistently remark that the NCM’s tour guides are what set the facility apart from other intelligence and defense related museums.

All NCM docents are former NSA employees. This fact not only allows them to better understand the parameters they need to operate under from a security perspective, but also allows them to enthrall their audiences with their own personal cryptologic experiences.

Docents at the National Cryptologic Museum provide the majority of our guided tours for a wide variety of groups and organizations. While docents are normally used for scheduled tours, they also take walk-in tours if they are available. The NCM cannot guarantee a tour to any visitor without it being scheduled in advance. NCM docents work hard to accommodate museum customers, but it is always best to make tour arrangements prior to your arrival.

The NCM is always looking for outstanding individuals to join our docent corps.

Applicants for the docent position should be current or retired NSA Blue Badge employees, be willing to undergo a brief but substantive training program, and enjoy imparting cryptologic history to Agency personnel and the general public.

If you are interested please contact the curator, Mr. Patrick D. Weadon at pdweado@nsa.gov or at 301-688-5848. You may also call him on his cell, 443-883-6152.

Receptionist Program

Duties of the receptionists include: greeting museum visitors, advising of the availability of docent tours, providing information on the purpose of the NCM, and answering general questions asked by the public. This is a terrific opportunity to volunteer in a friendly place and to become more aware of the history of signals intelligence and information assurance. The hours are from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month. If you are interested, please contact the NCM.