Travelling exhibit

Cipher - Decipher

Travelling from the Canada Science and Technology Museum. 

June 13 - September 3, 2022

Pssst…want to know a secret?  One way to safely share secret information is through encryption — which means converting your message into something only the intended recipient can understand. For as long as we’ve had secret information, individuals, and organizations have encrypted and analyzed encrypted communications. 

One way people encrypt their secrets is through ciphers that replace the original message with other letters, numbers, words, or symbols. From school yard 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 — what it is, how it works, and how it affects our lives. See an authentic Enigma cipher machine, or try your hand at logic puzzles and games to see if you have what it takes to work in the field of cryptology!

This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada. Thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Museum Assistance Program.

Plan my visit

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Macpherson House: Open for tours in the summer

DAILY RATES

Adults: $3
Children Under 12: Free

ANNUAL PASSES

Adults: $25*
Students/Seniors: $20*
*Does not include MacPherson House or special event programming.

What our visitors say

Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

Macpherson House & Park hours

Open for tours in the summer

Archives Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am–5pm

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults: $3
Children under 12: free

All service fees are based on a cost recovery model. Factors such as the physical condition of the records and copyright restrictions may prevent some or all of the reproduction processes from being offered.

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5