National Cryptological Museum at the National Security Agency (NSA)

Enigma Machine

Last fall I visited the National Cryptological Museum located at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Ft. Meade, Maryland. The museum features an amazing collection of items from the history of cryptology and spy technology, including several Enigma machines and two Cray supercomputers. Here are my photos of the museum.

The National Cryptologic Museum is the National Security Agency’s principal gateway to the public. It shares the Nation’s, as well as NSA’s, cryptologic legacy and place in world history. Located adjacent to NSA Headquarters, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, the Museum houses a collection of thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession. Here visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked.

Allied Control Teletype

Navajo I Telephone in a Briefcase

National Cryptological Museum

CryptoKids Challenge

Cray XMP-24 Supercomputer

Pentagon Remnant 11 September 2001

Release the Pueblo

GTM Geared Timing Mechanism

Pace TR-10 Desktop Analog Computer


Fairchild's Illustrated Woman's Wear Code - 1921

KW-7 Orestes Teletype Security

National Cryptological Museum

Rissman Telemetry Processing System


Photo Gallery: National Cryptological Museum

photos by Scott Beale

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.