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Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

847 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, Chatham, MA 02650-1165
+1 508-945-8889
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Interesting if a bit specialised

Enjoyable visit if you have an interest in communications, electronics or radio, which I have. May... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carol H
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cheshire
Interesting history of the area

Greeted by a docent who offered a concise personal tour. Interesting for the over 13 age group. Not... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
L R
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Museum, Education, Lectures, and more! Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center sits on the 11.3-acre, 10-building campus which comprised the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, once the busiest ship-to-shore station on the East Coast and a significant military installation (during World War II). The Operations Building now houses the Marconi/RCA Wireless Museum offering interactive exhibits tracing the story of wireless communication in Chatham from its formative days with Marconi, through the 20th Century. The recently renovated campus residence, also once known as the Hotel Nautilus, is the Education Center with additional space for administrative offices, classes, and lectures. CMMC began working on STEM classes in 2008 and launched a major education initiative in 2011 when it partnered with the Public Schools of Chatham and Harwich, MA (now the Monomoy Regional School District), and the MIT Club of Cape Cod to develop curriculum and teacher training materials in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The specific focus of the program is on the subject areas of Communications Engineering and Design. These fields are two of the subtopics in the MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. They also coincide with the mission of CMMC and our emphasis on wireless communications. Finally, we live in the "information age." Innovations are occurring on a daily basis and the products that reach the marketplace are having a profound effect upon society. Our implementation plan includes active roles for both professionals and volunteers in K-12 classrooms throughout Cape Cod. We also offer a wide array of classes and workshops in the summer, a winter science camp, after school programs, and professional development for teachers. To see a complete list of our courses and a preview of our museum offerings, visit our website.
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“morse code” (24 reviews)
“small museum” (12 reviews)
“enigma machine” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
847 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, Chatham, MA 02650-1165
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+1 508-945-8889
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyable visit if you have an interest in communications, electronics or radio, which I have. May be a little limited for others

Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Greeted by a docent who offered a concise personal tour. Interesting for the over 13 age group. Not for toddlers or young children. You could spend a couple hours there and see everything there is to see. Walking trail. Watch the introductory video which puts...More

Thank L R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a pleasant surprise! I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised … I had explored their website and found it full of interesting information about radio communications over the Atlantic Ocean from 1914, pinpointing the location of German U-boat location during WW2, decoding German Enigma...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small, but amazing museum. The Marconi information and hands-on exhibits were good, but the highlight for me was seeing an Enigma machine. The volunteer docent gave an excellent demonstration of how it worked and was very knowledgeable in terms of answering questions....More

Thank mysteri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve driven by this museum hundreds of times on our visits over many years to Cape Cod, and we finally made it a priority on a rainy day....they are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this time of the year (late May). It was well...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

Super informative guides and very interesting hands-on exhibits in this compact but extremely interesting museum!

Thank Ella C
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Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

What an awesome memory was created. We were looking for something to on Cape Cod and took a trip to Chatham and decided to check out the museum on a whim. Pulled up and they were closed. The brochure had their number and they opened...More

2  Thank rshiloff
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Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

Had a great visit. Learned some interesting things. I really enjoyed the material on the WASPS- the women pilots in WWII. Blown away by the material on the Enigma code machine. They actually took one apart so you could see how it worked. Fascinating.

1  Thank Ellendel
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

A superb collection of radio gear and techniques used in the early days of radio inter fused via video and text with the history of the day. The Chatham location was at one point the most advanced shore to ship communication center in the world...More

Thank Don C
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

This museum offers a great variety of displays and information about the role of the Marconi center during WWII as well as other information about wireless communications.

Thank Marie W
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May 8, 2018|
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Hi rnjcour, I'm sorry to say that we haven't officially opened for the season yet, but will you be around this weekend? We are open Friday from 1pm-4pm, and on Saturday for a new exhibit grand opening. Here are the full... More
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Response from caiogirl | Reviewed this property |
if not on the website, a phone call should do it. Sorry, not sure re: October
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7.50 but pass is good for 24 hours.
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