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Telephone Museum of New Mexico
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Telephone Pioneers Museum

This place is a must see. Cost is only 2 dollars per adult. They are open Monday, Wed and Fridays... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karin R
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Phoenix, Arizona
Worth stopping in for a visit

Whether you're interested in how far telephones have advanced, or if you just want to step inside... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2016

Truthfully, I did not expect much prior to entering the museum. Boy, was I surprised. This little museum is jam packed with telephone company memorabilia. It is very well laid out on four floors of the old telephone building. There is even a bit of the original brick showing through. What really astounds are the displays of phone equipment as well as the dioramas that make up a good part of the exhibit. The volunteer staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They were happy to take the time to explain things. Rather than breezing through, plan on a couple of hours to see and experience all there is to see. It is well worth the $2.00 entry fee and well worth the time.

1  Thank Duke262
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Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

This museum opens seasonally. I called before got there, nobody answer me and when I arrived it was closed. Better luck next time.

1  Thank Jptravelswithfreedom
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

went to the trouble of finding the place, parked, paid the meter, walked the block to find the door and it was locked, no one home during the monday open time. Lots of construction in front of the door for the entire block may have something to do with it. this is not a highly visited site and the hours are very limited but i would bet it a persons labor of love and a one man operation. not for everyone but if you are a computer or network person you might enjoy a little history. The pizza joint next door was great for lunch since we were all ready there. phone museum makes a good stop right before lunch with pizza after but that's another review

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is a gem of a museum. It has 3 floors accessible by elevator, and is tucked a little off of Route 66 in Downtown Albuquerque.

They have interactive displays for kids (and adults), and genuinely describes the evolution of tele-communications from tin cans and string to near current-day.

The volunteers are very knowledgeable, and were fun to ask questions. All of the volunteers have either worked for a phone company, or had a family member that has. It is sad to learn that this part of our history, and the knowledge of how phone lines were installed and maintained, will most likely go away, with the advent of wireless communications, cell phones, and the lack of needing phone directories.

It was fun, even as adults, playing with old rotary phones. There is no admission charge, but they do promote donations. The place is clean, well-organized, and while we planned to breeze in and out of the museum, we were there for 90 minutes, and the time flew by.

Google the name Sarah J. Rooke, telephone operator, who gave her life to save others from a horrible flood, back in the day. I had never heard of her before, until I went to the Telephone Museum. Well worth your time!

5  Thank emdicker
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I ran across this wonderful museum while looking for something to do in Albuquerque. With nearly 45 years in the Telephone business, I thought this would be fun. It was! They are open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:00 to 1:30. We had a nearly private tour with Tom. The exhibits are wonderful and span the history of the telephone. Many brought back great memories from my career experiences. Whether you are a present or former telephone worker or just interested in a museum, this is a great place to visit.
We parked in the city garage on Copper between 4th and 5th. Parking was about $2 an hour. The museum is just around the corner. Not real easy to find at 110 4th Street SW. Look for the sign on the doors. Go up the stairs and to the left to the reception desk. $2 for adults. You can't beat that price. There were a couple of retired Telephone employees to answer questions and give guided tours. The exhibits are extremely well maintained and very comprehensive.

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