In a covert operation – known as Operation RUBICON –
the American CIA and
the German BND
secretly purchased the largest civil
manufacturer of cryptographic equipment:
Crypto AG (Hagelin)
— based in neutral Switzerland —
and used it to spy on more than 100 countries for nearly 50 years.
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Welcome at the Crypto Museum website.
At present we are a virtual museum in The Netherlands, that can only be
visited on the internet 24 hours a day.
However, we do have a physical collection, and regularly organise
exhibitions, events and lectures,
in cooperation with other organisations.
The main goal of Crypto Museum is to preserve history.
This is done by collecting, restoring and describing historical
cipher machines –
such as the well-known Enigma machine –
spy radio sets,
and and other spy-related stuff.
For a detailed explanation of why we do this, please read our
Many of the items described on this website are part of the Crypto Museum
collection, but some have only crossed our path briefly, or are impossible to
Whenever possible, we have tried to 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
Your help is much appreciated.
And if you want to make a donation
, financial or otherwise,
please click here
Information on this website
Crypto Museum is a non-subsidised privately-owned virtual museum with a physical
collection. The curators work very hard to bring an interesting and diverse
to describe the various items in great detail, and to share this information
with the rest of the world.
If you are pleased with the information provided on this website,
please consider making a donation.
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We greatly value the privacy of our visitors, so you will not find any
cookies or trackers on this website. Furthermore, we have recently converted the
entire website to https, so that you can now browse our pages in complete
anonymity, without anyone watching over your shoulder.
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
follow us on Twitter and receive
real-time news. Note that we do not generate unnecessary traffic.
You may access our Twitter account at any time by clicking the
Twitter-icon at the top of each page.
All videos featured on the Crypto Museum website, can be viewed
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.
If you are a regular viewer, you may want to subscribe to the channel.
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 that 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 took the time
to read it. If you're in a hurry, please read at least
➤ Read our mission statement
All images on this website are owned and copyrighted by Crypto Museum,
unless stated otherwise. If you want to use any of them, please
Under normal circumstances permission will be granted,
provided that full credit is given to 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 have to ask the original owner for permission.
Although every effort is made to ensure that the information presented on
this website is correct, this 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 website.
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
that is unclassified
or that has been officially declassified
Whenever possible, the source of the information will be credited in
section at the bottom of each page.
In cases where the classification status
is not entirely
clear — there is no list of classified items
in the public domain —
we will try to follow the rules of common sense.
If you come across any information that you think is still classified,
please let us know
Please note that we are neither cryptologists nor mathematicians.
We don't want to develop new cryptographic systems
and we are not cryptanalists either.
We are not involved or interested in breaking any classified codes.
Also note that some of the objects shown on this website are still restricted
items. We are not in a position to release classified information about such
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