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Cipher | Decipher

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Travelling Exhibition
A blue and white exhibitions module has a large cipher wheel interactive on the middle panel. The panel to the left has the title Got a secret? in white text with black text beneath it.  The panel on the right has a colourful infographic.

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For as long as we’ve had secret information, individuals and organizations have encrypted and analyzed encrypted communications.

From schoolyard gossip to military plans, ciphers keep secrets out of the wrong hands. Cipher | Decipher is an interactive, new exhibition exploring the past and present of communications cryptology. Developed by the Canada Science and Technology Museum, in partnership with the Communications Security Establishment, this 750 sq. ft. travelling exhibition includes an authentic Enigma cipher machine and interactive experiences related to cryptology and cyber security.

The exhibition helps Canadians understand communications cryptology: what it is, how it works, and how it affects our lives. A removable puzzle module allows visitors to see if they possess the skills necessary for working in the field of cryptology.

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Travel Schedule:

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Where When
Chatham-Kent Museum, Chatham, ON May - August, 2024
City of Waterloo Museum, Waterloo, ON July - October, 2023
Swift Current Museum, Swift current, SK January 27 - April 9, 2023
Elgin County Museum, St. Thomas, ON September 16, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Lennox and Addington Museum and Archives, Napanee, ON June 13 - September 3, 2022
Joseph Brant Museum, Burlington, ON October 15, 2021 to January 9, 2022
Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon, SK June 17 - September 11, 2021
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, Timmins, ON February 23 - May 9, 2021
Peterborough Museum and Archives, Peterborough, ON July 9 - September 28, 2020
Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus, ON January 18 - May 10, 2020
Museum Windsor, Windsor, ON October 10, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, ON May 25 - September 29, 2019
Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, ON April 10 - May 13, 2019
Military Communications and Electronics Museum, Kingston, ON December 7, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, ON November 6 - December 2, 2018
Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON October 5 - October 31, 2018

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