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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

Experience machines featured in "The Imitation Game" film at the National Cryptologic Museum

Experience machines featured in "The Imitation Game" film at the National Cryptologic Museum

The recently released film, The Imitation Game, highlights the contributions of Alan Turing and his team in determining how Enigma machines worked, thus enabling the British to read enciphered German military communications in a timely fashion. The film features a number of machines and equipment that are physically on display in the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), located in Fort Meade, MD.

Not only is it possible to view these artifacts, but in the case of the Enigma, visitors of all ages can encrypt and decrypt their own messages on authentic Enigmas from World War II. There are not many places on the planet where you can do that! In fact the German Enigma exhibit is the most popular exhibit at the NCM. Another outstanding feature of the NCM is the docent program. Experienced and knowledgeable docents are available to explain how these rare machines work and what they contributed to the Allied victory over Germany in World War II.

In addition to the Enigmas, the NCM has a cryptanalytic Bombe, the large electromagnetic device used in recovering key and determining message settings, a version of which was depicted in the film. Compare the Bombe in size and capacity to today's smart phone, which owes much to developments in information technology of this early era. Visit the NCM soon to experience these rare artifacts up close and personal.

Can't come to the NCM in person? Check out a virtual tour of the Enigma exhibit.

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  • Confederate Signal Corps was established. The Confederate Signal Corps accomplished tactical and strategic communications for the warring armies, including electromagnetic telegraphy and aerial telegraphy ("wig-wag" signaling). It included a covert intelligence agency known as the Secret Service Bureau. Remember to explore the NCM's Revolutionary Secrets exhibit during your next visit.

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.