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French Cable Station Museum

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French Cable Station Tour

An amazing view of the first 'direct to Europe' transatlantic station with very skilled and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The history and exhibits are well worth the visit

The tours start out with short videos to introduce you to the history of this location and then you... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Jack M
Orleans, Massachusetts
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41 S Orleans Rd, Route 28, Orleans, MA 02653-2422
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing view of the first 'direct to Europe' transatlantic station with very skilled and knowledgeable guides. Much of the equipment from the early 1900s is still there and working. Wonderful experience for young people to appreciate how technology has advanced since then, and how...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cruiser13969554416, General Manager at French Cable Station Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate this review and all the reviews we have received. This is the first opportunity we have had to have access to this website. President FCSM

Reviewed October 14, 2018

The tours start out with short videos to introduce you to the history of this location and then you browse around typically with a tour guide. You have to ask about Morse Code and where the terms upper and lower case came from - fascinating!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Cruiser13969554416, General Manager at French Cable Station Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2018

Thank you for the compliments.

Reviewed July 2, 2018

This museum is filled with instruments and equipment spanning the telegraph era. Visitors are free to touch feel and use most of the equipment on display. Many items are very rare. The evolution from telegraph to radio is on full display at this station. Within...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

When I looked online and saw things to do on Cape Cod, I was not sure about this one. It sounded interesting and yet I had no idea how cool it would be as this told of the laying of cable allowing for telegraph messages...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

Despite its quirky hours, at times limited parking, and blink and you miss it signage, this is place is wonderful. Real history at the original location. The equipment on display is “as they left it.” Lots you can touch and some you can use. The...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank GlennM56
Reviewed June 22, 2017

This museum, staffed by volunteers, is something to see. If you're a nerd, like technology, you'll be dumbfounded by the technical and practical challenges with the early undersea communication cable projects. The solution for transmitting morse code messages across thousands of miles of copper cable...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

We were met by a volunteer who patiently showed us the history of trans-Atlantic communication dating early in the 20th century

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank William M
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Staffed by volunteers, this museum tells the story of transatlantic communication from the original Morse Code Cables to the present day fiber optic cables that are the backbone of the internet. Check for open hours, well worth a stop.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed April 19, 2017

The French Telegraph Company established in 1879 on a bluff in Eastham, Massachusetts. Due to unfavorable conditions on the bluff, the station was moved to Orleans in 1891. From 1890 to 1941, operators received trans-Atlantic communications through a 3,000 mile underwater cable near Brest, France....More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Although it is closed, the signage and house looked nice from the outside. There is a small parking at the back of the house. Since it is on Main Street and in close proximity to other stores (TJMax, stop and shop) we stopped spent less...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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