24 November 2012 - open end
A small exhibition with some 25 historical cipher machines and hand ciphers
at the Computer Science department of the Faculty of Science of Radboud
University in Nijmegen (Netherlands). The exhibition is regularly updated
with new items. More...
Welcome at the Crypto Museum website.
At present we are a virtual museum in The Netherlands, that can only be
visited on the internet.
We do, however, regularly organize exhibitions in co-operation with other museums.
Examples of such exhibitions are Secret Messages,
held in Museum Jan Corver in the Netherlands
between October 2008 and February 2009,
the Enigma Reunion 2009
at Bletchley Park,
Super TU/esday in February 2010
at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e),
Tijdrekken in 2010 and 2011,
and currently a mini-exhibition at
The main purpose of the Crypto Museum is to preserve history.
This is done by collecting, restoring and describing historical
such as the well-known Enigma machine,
spy equipment and the likes.
For a detailed explanation of why we do this, please read our
Some of the items described on this website are part of the collection of
the Crypto Museum, and some have only crossed our path at one moment or another.
Whenever possible, we will describe the equipment to the best of our abilities.
We are always interested in acquiring new equipment for the museum.
If you have any questions or if you have something to offer, please do not hestitate to contact us.
And if you want to make a donation
The information on this website is spread over several categories.
Click any of the images below or use the yellow navigation buttons
in the left margin for further information.
New book under development
Marcel Metze is currently doing research for a new book about cryptography
in The Netherlands in the 20th century and is asking for your help.
Anyone who has worked in this field or has any in-depth knowledge about
this subject, please read this.
Crypto Museum is a non-subsidised privately-owned virtual museum. The curators
work very hard to bring an interesting and diverse collection together,
to describe the various items in great detail, and to share this information
with the rest of the world.
If you like the information presented here, why not make a donation?
If you want to know what is new on this website, where you can see parts of
our collection, what lectures we will be giving and which special events we
help organizing, you might want to
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directly on our YouTube channel. Click the YouTube icon on top of each page
to open our YouTube channel in a new window of your browser.
People often ask us why we spend so much time with our cipher machines
and with the Crypto Museum website.
We have, of course, asked ourselves the same question numerous times.
If you want to know the answer, please read our
It's a long story, but we would be grateful if you could take the time
to read it. If you haven't got that much time, please read at least
All images on this website are owned by the Crypto Museum, unless stated otherwise.
These images are all copyrighted. If you want to use any of them, please
Under normal circumstances permission will be granted,
provided that full credit is given to the Crypto Museum
and that they are used for non-commercial purposes.
Commercial users may also contact us to arrange a suitable
If an image is not owned by us, you will need to ask the original owner for permission.
Although every effort is made to ensure that the information presented on
this website is correct, such can not be guaranteed. Please note that
Crypto Museum can not be held responsible for any damage arising from the use
or misuse of the information presented on this site.
Crypto Museum can not guarantee the suitability of the information for any
If you find any mistakes or omissions, please contact us
and we will do our best to fix them.
To the best of our knowledge, this site only contains information that is
either available in the public domain
or that is unclassified
or that has been officially declassified.
Whenever possible, the source of the information will be credited in
the References section at the bottom of each page.
In some cases the classification status of an object is not entirely
clear because there is no list of classified objects available in the
In these cases we will simply try to follow the rules of common sense.
If you come across any information that you think is still classified,
please contact us.
Please note that we are neither cryptologists nor mathematicians.
We don't want to develop new cryptographical methods
and we are no cryptanalists either.
We are not involved or interested in breaking any codes.
Also note that some of the objects shown on this website are still restricted
items. We are not in the position to release classified information about such
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