An important part of our mission is to STIMULATE interest in cryptology and related fields such as cybersecurity, computers, languages, and math, thus enhancing our future cryptologic capability in ways that we cannot predict.

  • Each year the NCF sponsors special awards for the Maryland History Day contest. The Eugene Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity & Cryptology, the Major General John E. Morrison Award for Excellence in Education and Innovation, and the Milton Zaslow Award for Cryptology recognize junior and senior level students with outstanding presentations in these areas.

  • Guided tours provided by very knowledgeable docents and museum staff are well worth it! Learn all the interesting details behind the cryptologic artifacts and other exhibits. Great for families, reunions, school groups, college study groups, scout troops, and individual visitors. ***2020 & 2021 - Please also see information in our Museum section about virtual tours available due to the pandemic-related closure.

  • With its interactive programs and exhibits, a field trip to the NCM is a fun and educational way to introduce students to the world of codes and ciphers. *** Please see information in our Museum section about virtual tours available in 2020 & 2021 due to pandemic-related closures.

  • Recognizing female pioneers and leaders in cryptology and related fields serves not only to commemorate their vital contributions, but also helps to encourage today's young women to pursue careers in technology. Although March is Women's History Month, we honor and acknowledge these amazing women all year round!

  • During Black History Month and all year round, we recognize African American individuals who excelled in their fields, broke down barriers, and created opportunities for generations to come.

  • Thanks to the Foundation's efforts, two game kioks, the Cipher Express and the Cryptogram, offer a fun and interactive way for kids of all ages to learn the basic concepts of cryptology.

  • Some of our most active online friends are the educators who regularly bring their students to the National Cryptologic Museum to learn more about cryptology and to experience the many interactive exhibits.


Learn about the special NCMF-sponsored awards recognizing today's brilliant young minds.