The Museum Oskars is an annual online event hosted by Museum140.com. The event encourages people to vote in 12 categories based upon their favorite museum experiences from the previous year.
The Museum Oskars celebrate the museum experience, raise awareness for museums, and honor nominated museums as "winners!"
Museum140.com also sponsors an Adopt-A-Museum project. We hope you will consider visiting their site and adopting the National Cryptologic Museum!
2015 Museum Oskar Wins for the National Cryptologic Museum
Great News! The National Cryptologic Museum was a "winner" in 9 out of 12 categories! See the winning results below. This was the second year the NCM received nominations. See the 2014 results at the bottom of this page.
To learn about all the museums honored in the 2015 Museum Oskars, visit the Museums140.com site as follows: Results Part 1, Results Part 2, Results Part 3, and Results Part 4. Congratulations to ALL the winners!
Personal Favourite of 2014
The National Cryptologic was a winner in this category, receiving three nominations, including the comment, "For the all around experience."
Biggest Wow Moment
The National Cryptologic Museum was nominated for this award with the comment, "The NCM has copies of the oldest cryptologic books and lets you have access to them. Hundreds of years ago, the fate of nations were determined by who could read their secrets."
Best Interactive Museum Experience
The National Cryptologic Museum was a winner in this category, receiving three nominations for this award, specifically for the Enigma exhibit.
Most Family Friendly Museum Venue
The National Cryptologic Museum received two nominations for this award with the comments, "It has exhibits for all ages."
Friendliest Staff Experience
The National Cryptologic Museum was a winner in this category, receiving two nominations for this award, including the comment, "Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly."
Best Effort for Accessibility
The National Cryptologic Museum received two nominations for this award with the comments, "Very comfortable for disabled people."
Best Museum Audio Guide
The National Cryptologic Museum received a nomination for this award.
Best Museum Shop
The National Cryptologic Museum received three nominations for this award with comments including, "Lots of one of a kind items." and "It has NSA stuff!"
Best 'Hidden Gem'
The National Cryptologic Museum was a winner in this category, receiving one nomination for this award.
*** The remaining three categories the National Cryptologic Museum was not nominated for were: Best Museum Cafe/Restaurant, Best Museum Event, and Best Temporary or Special Exhibition.
2014 Museum Oskar Wins for the National Cryptologic Museum
Below is the comment submitted about the NCM for the Friendliest Staff Experience:
"National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland – in preparing for my visit, I coordinated the dates with the Librarian. Upon my arrival, I found she had graciously pulled the materials already and provided a work area for my research. She and another staff member answered my many questions, assisted with copying/scanning of key papers, ensuring I saved some time to actually tour the museum."
And for Best Hidden Gem:
"National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland – this totally FREE museum features ‘hands-on’ use of a genuine World War II-era Enigma machine, and a fascinating display on ‘Hobo signs and symbols’."