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Press Release | Sept. 28, 2022

NSA Announces Date of the National Cryptologic Museum Grand Opening

FORT MEADE, Md. — The National Security Agency (NSA) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022. As NSA’s principal gateway to the public, the newly renovated museum will provide a unique opportunity to engage with cryptologic history in fresh and innovative ways - transporting visitors on a journey from the ancient world to present day exploring the dynamic role of cryptology in shaping our history.

Located at the edge of NSA in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, the museum staff is busy preparing for the October opening. The October 8 grand opening event is open to the public and will include a variety of special events and offerings for visitors. Starting at 10:00 a.m. visitors will have the opportunity to see historic displays and artifacts spanning our Nation’s history from the Civil War, WWII, up through the Cold War. There will also be a Breakout Room, swag handouts, NSA K9 Police dog demonstrations, and so much more. Staff and docents will be there to answer your questions. And, if you’re staying a while to take it all in, you might want to take a break and visit some of the food trucks that will be on-site for this special event.

First opened to the public in 1993, the NCM was the first public museum in the Intelligence Community (IC) and remains the only fully public museum in the IC. Originally designed to preserve and house artifacts from the NSA, the museum has evolved over the years and recently underwent its first complete interior renovation since opening almost thirty years ago.

So why a “Grand Opening” for an institution that first opened its doors nearly thirty years ago, instead of a re-opening?

“After being closed for two and a half years - and having gone through a complete makeover - aside from the physical structure, the museum now features an all new interior, complete with all new layouts, displays, and many never before seen artifacts that played critical roles protecting American national security,” according to Dr. Vince Houghton, Director, National Cryptologic Museum.

Location: 8290 Colony Seven Rd, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Event: Grand Opening on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Admission: Admission is free – no reservation or ticket required

National Cryptologic Museum Hours:

Starting on Saturday, 8 October, 2022, the museum hours will be:

SUNDAY | Closed
MONDAY | Closed
TUESDAY | 10:00am — 4:00pm
WEDNESDAY | 10:00am — 7:00pm
THURSDAY | 10:00am — 4:00pm
FRIDAY | 10:00am — 4:00pm
SATURDAY | 10:00am — 4:00pm

For further information, please contact NSA Public Affairs at 443-634-0721. You can also email us at