Plan a Visit
The NCM is open free of charge to the general public. The approximately 60,000 people who visit each year would say it is -- A VISIT WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!
In addition to the information about the Museum on our website, you can also visit the NSA website for information about all exhibits, days and times the Museum is open, directions (note for GPS users - enter 9900 Colony Seven Rd, Fort Meade, MD), and more. Find information about the Museum at www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic-heritage/museum
*** For those interested in also visiting National Vigilance Park (NVP) - PLEASE NOTE - as of Jan/Feb 2017 the aircraft have been dismantled and removed due to planned construction of a new NSA Vehicle Control Point (VCP). There are plans for NVP to be reconstructed once the new museum is built. For more information about NVP - click HERE.
The Museum has a new interactive program for guests. Download the TrekSolver App on your smartphone and go on a "Top Secret Scavenger Hunt." It's FREE and it's fun! Find the answers and solve the puzzles, and get a certificate redeemable for prizes at the front desk. A fun way to explore the museum. (Best for ages 12+)
Also available on the TrekSolver App - a "Women In Cryptology" Tour highlights 18 of the tens of thousands of women who have made contributions to American cryptologic history from the Revolutionary War through the current conflict in Iraq. Women have been involved in all aspects of cryptology, including collection, cryptography, cryptanalysis, computers, languages, and various forms of intelligence. Especially perfect for Women's History Month!
This free app is free to download. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search on TrekSolver (all one word). Download the free app. When it opens, enter zip code 20755 and the National Cryptologic Museum will be the first option.
As we continue our campaign to build the new Cyber Center for Education & Innovation and home of the National Cryptologic Museum, we periodically receive questions about how the construction of the new facility may impact the current museum.
For the most part, the construction of the new facility will not impact current museum operations. Once the new facility is completed, the current museum will be razed. There will be a period of one to two months where the current museum will have to shut down in order to move selected artifacts to the new facility. However, that time period has yet to be determined and is at least two years away.
NCM Volunteers are Key to Your Visit
The Docent Program and Receptionist Program, both staffed by knowledgeable and helpful volunteers, will make your Museum visit more enjoyable, interesting, and educational.
The National Cryptologic Museum’s docent program is critical to the operation of the facility. Visitors to the museum consistently remark that the NCM’s tour guides are what set the facility apart from other intelligence and defense related museums.
All NCM docents are former NSA employees. This fact not only allows them to better understand the parameters they need to operate under from a security perspective, but also allows them to enthrall their audiences with their own personal cryptologic experiences.
Docents at the National Cryptologic Museum provide the majority of our guided tours for a wide variety of groups and organizations. While docents are normally used for scheduled tours, they also take walk-in tours if they are available. The NCM cannot guarantee a tour to any visitor without it being scheduled in advance. NCM docents work hard to accommodate museum customers, but it is always best to make tour arrangements prior to your arrival.
The NCM is always looking for outstanding individuals to join our docent corps.
Applicants for the docent position should be current or retired NSA Blue Badge employees, be willing to undergo a brief but substantive training program, and enjoy imparting cryptologic history to Agency personnel and the general public.
If you are interested please contact the curator, Mr. Patrick D. Weadon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 301-688-5848. You may also call him on his cell, 443-883-6152.
Duties of the receptionists include: greeting museum visitors, advising of the availability of docent tours, providing information on the purpose of the NCM, and answering general questions asked by the public. This is a terrific opportunity to volunteer in a friendly place and to become more aware of the history of signals intelligence and information assurance. The hours are from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month. If you are interested, please contact the NCM.