Street Address
Colony Seven Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1682
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755
phone: 301-688-5849
e-mail: cryptmf@aol.com
web: www.cryptologicfoundation.org/
Hours
Open the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday - Friday9 PM - 3 PM
Saturday10 AM - 2 PM
The National Cryptologic Museum is conveniently located in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland right in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington Corridor. Easily accessible from a multitude of highways, the museum is close to a wide-range of attractive lodging and restaurants.
Staff
Dr. David Hatch, Executive Director
Mr. Jack Ingram, Curator

Description

What is “Cryptology” anyway? The term has both defensive and offensive aspects. It is the term we use to refer to the arts and sciences involved in both protecting one’s information from unintended recipients, and also in exploiting an adversaries’ information. There are practical needs for cryptology in many segments of today’s information age and there is a colorful history associated with: 1) the evolution of the technologies that have evolved to fill these needs, 2) the people and organizations that have been active in the area, and 3) the importance of some of the results. A unique unclassified look at some of this colorful history is presented in the National Cryptologic Museum.. The museum is indeed unique! It should also be viewed as a long-term work in progress.

Few will question the legitimate need for security and secrecy in many aspects of both government and industry. However, there is a growing awareness of the costs of excessive secrecy. There are huge volumes of declassified material from the past making slow, but steady, progress toward the public domain. Clearly, simply making the old declassified information available to the public is not enough. There is a real need for research and the application of educational resources in this area. This museum has the potential to grow into a major center for such research and study.

The leaders of Intelligence Community organizations are always adjusting their capabilities to include evolving new threats. Our nation’s intelligence activities have often been required to adjust to new demands, and an effective museum can help today’s intelligence professional gain insights and lessons from the past that can provide context and guidance for the decisions that must be made today. Just as important, today’s public must gain increased confidence and improved intuition regarding the fundamental need for, and value of, such Foreign Intelligence activities. Related educational programs that are historically correct and technically accurate are being created to illustrate today’s situation by extrapolating from past examples. This museum has an important role to play in these processes.

Literally tens of millions of individuals are using public cryptographic tools today; many perhaps without even realizing it. This dynamic marketplace makes cryptology a much more publicly interesting topic than it was even a decade ago. There is a natural question regarding the proper role of our government in the public use of some cryptologic techniques. Properly designed museum educational programs can prove to be an asset in creating new institutional relationships that help improve public understanding and trust among the participants.

History

We understand there are many worthy causes that seek your financial support in these tough economic times. Why do we think this one merits your support? A visit to the museum will make our case far better than mere words because there you will see evidence of the role cryptologists and cryptanalysts played as far back as the civil war in the battle at Gettysburg; their influence in World War II battles with the Axis Powers and the Imperial Japanese Fleet in the battle of Midway, their contributions to the fall of the iron curtain and the important role they played in the development of the computer, the microchip, nanotechnology and secure communications. These and countless other stories, many of which have been shrouded in deep secrecy for decades, are brought to life at the museum and would be further demonstrated at a new museum.

Artifacts Collections

  • materials and equipment (related to codes and ciphers)
  • exhibits

Governance

The officers and board of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation are made up of a distinguished list of members of the intelligence community.