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French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum

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Address: corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
Phone Number: 508/240-1735
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Surprisingly interesting.

We weren't sure what this would be like. When we arrived we were greeted by happy volunteers eager to show us around. I had my misgivings when we're were seated to watch a video... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Karen Z
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We weren't sure what this would be like. When we arrived we were greeted by happy volunteers eager to show us around. I had my misgivings when we're were seated to watch a video. The video was interesting and not too long. Then we received a hands-on tour of the old equipment. While my spouse and I did not share... More 

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Marysville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is the actual house that was used for the American end of the French Transatlantic cable. The equipment was amazing for its time and the details we learned were presently in a way we could understand by the husband and wife team responsible for getting the museum up and running.

Thank Chowhound59
Central Valley, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

What a wonderfull suprise this little museum was! A friend had given me a list of ideas for things to do on Cape Cod and this place was on the list. Was driving down route 28, on the way to Chatham and saw this little building. Thought what the heck go check it out real quick.. This station when it... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

There's no air conditioning, so don't go on a hot day. The only other complaint that I have is that the sound on the video is bad. It's hard to understand, which is too bad because it was very interesting. The guide was really the nicest man. He really educated us, and made it so interesting for my kids, too.

Thank Tabitha T
Shenandoah, NY
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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 

1 Thank Sundancekid330
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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 

1 Thank trisarahtopss
New York City, New York
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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.

Thank Bfranz
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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.

1 Thank cfournier2222
Frederick, Maryland
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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.

1 Thank mtswilson

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