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.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Memorial Day Remembrance

When visitors enter the National Cryptologic Museum, one of the first sections they see is the Memorial Hall.

The Memorial Hall was purposely placed near the entrance to remind people that freedom is not something that just happens. It comes at a price paid by those who selflessly sacrificed their lives so that we may live in freedom. In that Hall, we recognize many cryptologists who served in silence on the land, in the sea, and in the air.

Visitors see the replica National Cryptologic Memorial with 176 names of these silent warriors who served since 1950. Twenty-three names are men and women who served since September 11, 2001. Come to the NCM or click on the Cryptologic Memorial link below to learn their stories.

May they all rest in peace with our undying, heartfelt gratitude.

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On This Day In History


  • Birthday of cryptologic machine designer Edward Hebern. Hebern's five-rotor cipher machine is cryptologically significant as part of the overall evolution in U.S. manufactured rotor devices. The National Cryptologic Museum has two very rare five-rotor Hebern cipher machines in its collection.

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.