Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

Did you know?

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

2015 "On the Roof Gang" Award Announced

2015 "On the Roof Gang" Award Announced

Congratulations to CTTCM(IDW/SW) Albert J. Ondo, NIOC Whidbey Island, the winner of the 2015 On the Roof Gang (OTRG) Award. Stay tuned to learn more about the winner.

Between the years 1921 and 1927, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel taught themselves to break Japanese code and passed these skills informally to many of their contemporaries. Formal training was subsequently developed and implemented in 1928 and took place, until 1941, in a specially constructed block house on the roof of the old main Navy building in Washington, D.C. - thus, the name "On the Roof" Gang.

Since 1983, the OTRG award has recognized cryptologists who exemplify leadership, initiative, resourcefulness and dedication, and personify the highest traditions established for cryptologic excellence. Since 1988 the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association has sponsored the award.


On This Day In History


  • Learn about cryptologic pioneers with August Birthdays via our "On this Date in History" calendar....

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.