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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. 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, Secret Communications in Duivendrecht (near Amsterdam) in 2013 and currently the open-end mini-exhibition at Radboud University.

Artistic image of a commercial Enigma machine by Mark Kohn (2013)

The main purpose of the 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 equipment and the likes. For a detailed explanation of why we do this, please read our Mission Statement. 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, financial or otherwise, please click here.

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.
Crypto and cipher machines Crypto Spy sets, Agent radios and Special Forces transceivers Spy Burst Encoders Burst Intercept receivers, Direction Finders, etc. Intercept Covert equipment like cameras, bugs, recorders, radios, etc. Covert Various radio sets and military integrated radio networks Radio Secure military and TEMPEST PCs PC Teleprinter and telex machines (under construction) Telex
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The information on this website is spread over several categories. Click any of the thumbnail images above, or use the yellow navigation buttons in the left margin, to browse through these categories. Alternatively, enter one or more keywords in the Google search bar below.
Mini exhibition
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...
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?
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Mission statement
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 Mission Statement. 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 the abstract. More...
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 ask first. 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 donation. 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 purpose whatsoever. If you find any mistakes or omissions, please contact us and we will do our best to fix them.
Classified information
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 public domain. 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 items.
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