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French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum

corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
+1 508-240-1735
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Get your GEEK On! This is early tech - and heavy tech... GREAT Museum

This museum, staffed by volunteers, is something to see. If you're a nerd, like technology, you'll... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
TheMeadowsTravel
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Washington, D.C.
Educational and Historical

We were met by a volunteer who patiently showed us the history of trans-Atlantic communication... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
William M
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corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
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+1 508-240-1735
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

This museum, staffed by volunteers, is something to see. If you're a nerd, like technology, you'll be dumbfounded by the technical and practical challenges with the early undersea communication cable projects. The solution for transmitting morse code messages across thousands of miles of copper cable...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We were met by a volunteer who patiently showed us the history of trans-Atlantic communication dating early in the 20th century

Thank William M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Staffed by volunteers, this museum tells the story of transatlantic communication from the original Morse Code Cables to the present day fiber optic cables that are the backbone of the internet. Check for open hours, well worth a stop.

Thank 230nroy
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The French Telegraph Company established in 1879 on a bluff in Eastham, Massachusetts. Due to unfavorable conditions on the bluff, the station was moved to Orleans in 1891. From 1890 to 1941, operators received trans-Atlantic communications through a 3,000 mile underwater cable near Brest, France....More

1  Thank ITRT
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Although it is closed, the signage and house looked nice from the outside. There is a small parking at the back of the house. Since it is on Main Street and in close proximity to other stores (TJMax, stop and shop) we stopped spent less...More

Thank Voyage_familial
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Hard to imagine a more modest museum, one that contains a truly impressive collection of "state of the art" (1880s-1930s) telegraphic equipment. Surprising it is not reviewed in the current Michelin Guide - it really is a French-American treasure of what was a vital link...More

Thank Marshall B
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I must say my husband dragged me to this museum. It is the station for the first international cable between the U S and Europe. It is filled with the original equipment that ran the station. We started off with an informational video about its...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This place is operated totally by local volunteers..mostly old timers. These folks are very dedicated and quite knowledgable concerning the old technology of sending cable messages across ( under) the ocean. If you have the good fortune to listen and enjoy the presentations that are...More

Thank MikeyBoy12804
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Housed in the original 19th century building, the Cable Museum serves as a repository for remnants, equipment, displays and offices of the very first transatlantic cable line, first laid across 3000 miles of ocean shortly after the US civil war. It's mind boggling to learn...More

Thank turtlemom1
Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is a small local museum dedicated to the original transatlantic telegraph cable. not really curated, but a lot of interesting stuff and worth the visit, especially if its raining and you don't want to go to the beach

Thank peterfenn1
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