Codes and Ciphers
The National Cryptologic Museum offers visitors the rare opportunity to learn the inside scoop on real-life war and spy stories such as the U-2 incident, the USS Pueblo, Navajo Code Talkers, and the so-called unbreakable German Enigma machine. There are even code and cipher artifacts from the American Civil War.
The museum is operated by the hush-hush National Security Agency (NSA), a fact that in itself is mind-boggling. During the Cold War days, a place like this could never have existed.
I encourage anyone with an interest in history to seek out this little-known museum. It's a wealth of information. I have been there twice and learned something new each time. On my last visit, our guide was a retired NSA employee who tailored his tour to our interest in World War II.
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00, and on first and third Saturdays, 10:00-2:00. Closed on Sundays and Federal holidays. Call ahead to arrange group tours. Free admission. Driving directions on the website.