Exhibition: Tijdrekken (buying time)
15 October 2010 - |11 September 2011 19 January 2011
Due to cost cuttings by the local city council of Tilburg, the Scryption
Museum has unfortunately been forced to close down by 20 January 2011.
This means that 19 January 2011 is the last chance to see the exhibition.
A great new and exiting exhibition about cryptology has opened on 15 October
2010 in museum Scryption in Tilburg (Netherlands). It shows the history of
cryptography from the ancient Caesar Cipher to the latest advanced digital
ciphers. Many famous cipher machines are now on public display; some for the
very first time.
Examples are the German Enigma machine
that was used in WWII, the Russian Fialka
and the American KL-7 both of which are
still classified items.
The exhibition is called Tijdrekken, which is Dutch for 'buying time'.
As most cryptographic systems are eventually breakable, they can only be used
to keep a secret for a certain amount of time. Selection of a cipher system is
generally depending on how much time you need and how much money you can spend.
The exhibition shows a unique collection of cryptographic items and will be
open for a full year.
Numerous objects were given on loan by the Crypto Museum.
They are complemented by items from the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD.
The art of secret writing is generally linked to the exiting world of
espionage and war. The exhibition shows cryptographic machines that were used
during WWII and during the Cold War. Special sections of the exhibition are
dedicated to important manufacturers, such as Philips, Hagelin and Enigma.
You will see old mechanical machines, but also modern electronic devices.
Another sections deals with less well-known cipher machines, such as
The Russian Fialka
and the American KL-7.
Also on display is the
that was used by George W. Bush after the attacks
at the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
But also manual cipher systems, such as the
and code books.
Don't miss this opportunity to see a wide range of rare and valuable cipher
machines together in a single exhibition. Some of them are shown for the very
first time and may not be on public display again any time soon.
Crypto Museum is just a virtual museum and needs co-operation with 'real'
museums such as Scryption. We should therefore like to thank Scryption for
their hospitality and will try to be available for guided tours as often as
The exhibition Tijdrekken is a co-operation between the following
museums and organizations:
If you have worked with cryptography in a previous lifetime, perhaps now
is a good time to talk about it. We would very much like to hear your
stories and background information.
If you wish to speak with a member of the Crypto Museum, please
contact us to make an appointment. We can then schedule a visit
to the Scryption, show you around and share stories.