The Telephone Museum

The Telephone Museum, Ellsworth: Hours, Address, The Telephone Museum Reviews: 5/5

The Telephone Museum
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Real, working telephones and the switchboards and switching systems that powered the network are featured at this hands-on, interactive museum. You are encouraged to use wall-mounted, hand-crank magneto phones, dial phones, and manual switchboards. And you will see, hear and enjoy the electro-mechanical marvels that led the way to computers, cell phones, smart phones and other wonders of telecommunications.
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Shandong
Avon, CT36 contributions
Loved this place
Aug. 2019
Who knew? Fascinating information about how our telephones worked years ago. They actually have an old telephone exchange and you can watch the call click through it.
Written September 11, 2019
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jevans0005
Tarpon Springs, FL8 contributions
Such an interesting place! Well worth the visit.
Aug. 2019 • Couples
We were part of a small group with a guide who explained so many of the exhibits and how they worked. You were invited to take part in the demonstrations of how early phone calls were made. We learned so much about how the telephone systems we use daily evolved. Definitely would recommend for everyone.
Written August 4, 2019
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Experience597928
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A treat for nerds like me
Jul. 2019 • Family
This place is a gem for anyone who is interested in the history of communication. With hands on demonstrations of A.G. Bell’s first telephone, the first magneto switchboards and the switching relay station, our seven-year-old stayed interested in everything on display for about two hours. It’s too bad the Museum is open only on Saturdays.
Written July 23, 2019
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We are glad that you had a great time. Just to note, we are open for tours by appointment and by chance on other days of the week. We are working hard to recruit additional volunteers to allow the museum to be open on more days of the week. Thanks for coming.
Written August 5, 2019
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JohnnyGeez
Ayer, MA65 contributions
Very interesting museum!
Jan. 2018 • Couples
At the time we visited (well before January 2018), I was working in the telecommunications industry, specifically writing software to control telephones. Visiting this museum really illustrated the origins of the industry, and the progress that has happened over more than a century. Admittedly, I'm a geek, but I found it fascinating. My wife is a nurse, but she always dreamed of being a telephone operator, and she was able to indulge that fantasy for a few hours.
Written December 20, 2018
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catm93
Black Forest, CO15 contributions
Surprisingly Interesting Place!
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Who would of known that in Maine they were still using switchboard telephone routing into the 1980's. The amount of things I learned about telephones from visiting the Telephone Museum is amazing. I guess I always took them for granted. I now know how a switch board system works and can actually operate one. The guides here were very knowledgeable and actually seemed to love what they were talking about. I probably spent way longer than most in the phone switching section, because I found it truly fascinating. Definitely would recommend visiting this Museum.
Written November 11, 2018
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dennisandluanm
Gouldsboro, ME64 contributions
Wow
Jul. 2018 • Family
This was amazing. I didn’t realize all the things that they had in this museum. It was very interesting we were able to call a cell phone from an old operator table and the tour guide was wonderful and very informative
Written July 21, 2018
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denisereiss18
New York City, NY22 contributions
Loved this surprising place!
Jul. 2018 • Couples
My husband and I stopped in on a whim, and it was a wonderful visit. I could hardly believe all the cool stuff they’re preserving in working order. Dave the tour guide walked us through the fascinating history of telephones, and we could actually operate all the machinery and see how everything worked. Well worth a visit.
Written July 9, 2018
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Jane H
Blue Hill, ME34 contributions
You will be Surprised!!
Aug. 2017 • Family
We finally made the effort to check this museum out. We were so glad we did, it was terrific!!
A really fun and hands on look into the history of the telephone ( who would not want to have a go at "plugging in" an old fashioned switchboard or "cranking up" an old phone.)
Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgable and fun.
We took an old rotary phone we had that would not ring, he knew exactly what the problem was and now we have a phone that rings the old fashioned way.
Don't be put off by the name, it is worth the trip the have a selection of "wacky" phones and you will be sure to learn some truly interesting things!!!
Written April 15, 2018
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gwilson86
Atlanta, GA73 contributions
Stellar! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Sep. 2017 • Couples
A informative walk through the history of modern communications.

The guide was MOST knowledgeable and the exhibits are not only hands on, but fully operable, so you can actually see how the phone evolved from a basic system into the "world's largest machine.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Written October 1, 2017
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John B
Milford, CT14 contributions
Find out how your call really gets from here to there.
Aug. 2017 • Family
If you are into how things work or have read "Exploding the Phone" or are interested in "phone hacking", this is the place for you!

This is a guided hands on museum. You start with the very basics of how the old phones made by Alexander Graham Bell work and work your way through manual operator switchboards, dial phones, the Strowger switch, PBX systems to the #3 and #5 Crossbar switches. Find out how calls were traced through these systems and how they had been hacked.

All through the experience, you will be making the calls, using the switchboards, hacking the system, and watching how it all works. Your tour guides are all experts who were involved in wiring and maintaining these systems. There is nothing close to this on the east coast!
Written August 13, 2017
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The Telephone Museum is open:
  • Sat - Sat 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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