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The Telephone Museum

Is the wired telephone network a thing of the past? Not here!

In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for “improvements in telegraphy.”

The device described in that patent changed the world. It became known as the telephone – and the history of that device, the other inventions it spawned, the businesses it created, the people who worked to construct, maintain, and improve the network of telephone wires that spanned the country are subjects that The Telephone Museum invites you to explore.

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.

  • Address 166 Winkumpaugh Road PO Box 1377 Ellsworth, ME US 04605
  • Phone 207-667-9491
  • Email switchboard@downeast.net
  • Website thetelephonemuseum.org/
  • Hours

    SATURDAY FROM 1-4 P.M. JULY – AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
    ARE REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS

    However, if you come across the museum “by chance,” you may find volunteers working on projects. If they are available, they will give you a tour.

    Arrangements can be made for tours at other times, but these must be arranged for in advance. Please e-mail switchboard@downeast.net or call 207-667-9491.

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