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French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum

corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
508/240-1735
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Ranked #8 of 11 Attractions in Orleans
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Shenandoah, NY
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Trans-Atlantic cable, which considerably sped up communication between continents, was truly a marvel of its day. This museum is chock full of technical equipment that for the most part was way over our heads, but knowledgable guides were most informative. We were treated to a video that explained the problems and eventual success of laying a cable under the... More

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MA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We have been driving by this museum for a while, admiring the old building and wondering what was inside. We finally decided to go (check their website before your visit for their hours - they are seasonal) and it was a wonderful visit. Set aside about an hour for your guided tour. When we arrived, we were able to start... More

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Very sweet men who know an incredible amount about the history of the site tell you everything about it. Interesting for older children and adults and a dream for people who like gadgets and communication devices. Probably not for younger kids who might be bored by the technical details.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Communication from a bygone time. Tarans-Atlantic cable was the opening of the information age, long before the internet. Visit here and learn from he men who curate the museum. They are always so happy to share information and answer your questions. Great place to visit on a dreary day when everyone is not at the beach, but rather crowing the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is such an interesting place to visit. The guides are great and the history is fascinating. I have been a few times and I always learn something new.

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Frederick, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I saw a very interesting (if a bit esoteric) video about transatlantic communication between France and the U.S. Lots of old artifacts involving the cable. There is also a guide to give more information about this important innovation.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

What a strange and lovely little museum the FTCSM is for the history lover. Very small but the men who curate the space clearly love what it is and why it is there. This is the place to go to learn about all things cable and Morse code. Communication from a bygone time. Before there was internet there was the... More

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New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We visited on a rainy June day...a great way to spend 90 minutes! The tour was very interesting and provided good information about the history of transatlantic communication.

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Shanghai, China
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134 reviews 134 reviews
43 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We enjoyed the tours and the display of equipment. I got a great explanation of the function of the facility and the cable system. This museum is not for children but for teens and older.

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Ossining, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Not open all the time, but worth it if you find it open. Very interesting with an excellent docent. Time well spent

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