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Crypto Museum
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. We do have a permanent collection however, and regularly organize exhibitions and events in co-operation with other museums.

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

The main goal 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 radio sets, intercept receivers and and other spy-related stuff. 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, but others have only crossed our path at one moment or another. 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 us. And if you want to make a donation, financial or otherwise, please click here.

Information on this website
Crypto and cipher machines Spy sets, Agent radios and Special Forces transceivers
Burst Encoders and Short Burst message transmitters Intercept receivers, Direction Finders, etc. Covert equipment like cameras, bugs, recorders, radios, dead drops, concealment devices, lock pick tools, etc. Various radio sets and military integrated radio networks Secure military and TEMPEST PCs
Teleprinter and telex machines (under construction)
Index of intelligence agencies (under construction) Self-build electronic kits Items or information wanted for our collection Latest news from Crypto Museum Events related to Crypto Museum or to information on the Crypto Museum website Manufacturers of equipment featured 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 collection together, 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.

Latest news
New items
Punched paper tape repair kit Single-piece version of the RTP-8/SSB spy radio set Soviet covert wire recorder MEZON Soviet covert observation camera with spring mechanism RDN-F-221 full-duplex data/voice radio for 2-meter band Motorola Key Variable Loader for DES QRC-222 suitcase spy radio set (1964) Siemens Key Gun
Original Russian (Soviet Union) M-125-3 Fialka cipher machine, with original Russian wheels Kaira body-wearable covert radio (USSR) Yachta (Soviet clone of Nagra SNST) Analogue frequency synthesizer High-volume covert surveillance camera Spiral cone antenna 200 MHz - 1 GHz Small portable document copier (USSR) Professional film cutter (21 mm)
SAS-2/SE E-field measurement and surveillance antenna ET-10, Digital Tactical Terminal with secure voice and data capability Conical wideband spiral surveillance antenna k.u.k. Chiffrierscheibe (Austria) Tensor 4-piece spy radio set (USSR) Mobile frequency and time domain voice scrambler RS-59 modular spy radio station Sony ICF-SW1, LW, SW, MW and UKW receiver
Front Chiffiergerät - the Swiss version of the American M-94
US military Autovon switched telephone network WWII telephone intercept amplifier - Verstärker 41 Sony ICF-PRO70 travel radio AP-5 spy radio set, developed by the Poles in the UK Elcrovox 1/3 voice encryptor Matrix-based manual cipher system for tactical messages ANT/Siemens/R&S DS-102 key tape reader
Lawful analogue telephone intercept system developed by the Dutch PTT
Subminiature transmitter developed as part of the Super Pulse project Universal Radio Transmitter (part of URS-4) 169 MHz Universal Radio Receiver (part of URS-3) 1380 MHz AEG Telefunken Telestar 120, 121 and 122 Manual cipher device with sliding alphabets (1912) Österreichisches Geschäften-Lexikon (Austrian business lexicon) (1793, 1816) S.P. 02201 - Signalling instructions of the British Admiralty (1935)
Just released or updated   wanted items
Key block and reader for Elcovox 1/3 Elcrovox 1/3 test unit 1 High-performance mercury batteries developed for the CIA's bugs Subcarrier modulated bug from another contractor Semi-portable SE-580 radio with Cryptovox voice encryption Reverse Caesar slide rule (Cäsar Chiffrierschieber) Siemens CHX-200 high-end HF radio system Siemens MSC-2001 voice encryption device
Enigma Z30 Path loss survey system (wideband) Path loss survey system (narrowband) Lauschempfänger (intercept amplifier) LE-35 Lauschempfänger (intercept amplifier) LE-40 Drahtlauschempfänger (klein). Wire tapping device (WWII). Vericrypt 1100 voice scrambler Nokia Partiosanomalaite (PARSA) electronic message unit (EMU)
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Please help us identify this clandestine Warsaw Pact radio set
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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 that 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 took the time to read it. If you're in a hurry, please read at least the abstract.

 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 ask first. 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 donation. 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, 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 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 the position to release classified information about such items.

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