National Cryptologic Museum

National Cryptologic Museum

Field Trip:

National Cryptologic Museum

Location: 9900 Colony 7 Rd
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Phone: 301-688-5849
Email: Online contact form
Grades: 2nd – 12th
Subject: History, code-breaking, math, computers
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
10:00am – 2:00pm, 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Closed: Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays
Cost: FREE for everyone
Parking: Free on-site parking
Accessibility: Check with the Education Coordinator for visual, hearing, and other available accommodations

County location

Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip

yesNO Free Lesson Plans yes Docent Tours
NO Online Activities yes Homeschool Programs
yes Classes/Workshops yes Scout Badge Programs

About the National Cryptologic Museum:

The National Cryptologic Museum introduces students to the secret world of codes and ciphers. Age appropriate, interactive programs are designed to engage the students and to make them aware of cryptology’s role in world history and how mathematics plays a role in cryptology. The programs are excellent for math, social studies, and scout field trips.

Several talks on cryptologic history are available from the museum Educational Coordinator.

  • Solving the Enigma: History of the German cipher machine, Enigma, and how it was solved by the Allies (high school and adult)
  • Signaling the Civil War: Cryptology and communications in the American Civil War (middle school through adult)
  • Revolutionary Secrets: Cryptologic techniques and their role in the American Revolution (separate talks for elementary students through adults)
  • Secrets: Making and Breaking Introduction to cryptologic techniques with examples from the 18th – 20th centuries (middle and high school)
  • Secrets Revealed: Interactive introduction to cryptanalysis (middle and high school)
  • Talking in Code History of the Native American Code Talkers, including a fun game (separate talks for elementary students through adults)
  • Creating the Legacy: The role of women in American cryptologic history (high school and adult)

Plan to spend 60-90 minutes for a self-guided or docent-led tour. A minimum of one chaperone for every 10 students is required for field trips. Homeschool groups can be smaller and their programs can last up to 3 hours long.


Adjacent to the Museum, is the National Vigilance Park. The park showcases two reconnaissance aircraft used for secret missions. The RU-8D serves to represent the Army Airborne Signal Intelligence contribution in Vietnam and the C-130 memorializes an Air Force aircraft that was shot down over Soviet Armenia during the Cold War.


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