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

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

National Former POW Day

Friday, April 9, 2021
National Former POW Day

Maison Centrale, or Hoa Lo Prison, was originally constructed by the French Colonial Government in Hanoi's French Quarter from 1886 to 1901. After Vietnamese forces pushed the French out in 1954, the Hoa Lo Prison fell under the authority of Vietnam. When the Vietnam War erupted shortly after, the North Vietnamese used the Hao Lo Prison to house United States prisoners of war, earning it the infamous nickname, “Hanoi Hilton."

This simple red brick is from the destruction of the Hoa Lo Prison and is symbolic of our Military Veterans’ courageous service during the Vietnam War. The artifact serves as a reminder of the sacrifices and hardships our former prisoners of war endured. This brick from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” was recovered in 1993 and presented to the museum by the “Doggers” group in June 2018. (NCM photo)

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On This Day In History


  • SIS began receiving messages from Purple - a Japanese Cipher machine. Learn more about the "Magic of Purple"......

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.