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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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A small gem of a museum

This place is operated totally by local volunteers..mostly old timers. These folks are very dedicated and quite knowledgable concerning the old technology of sending cable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 27, 2016
Queensbury, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

I must say my husband dragged me to this museum. It is the station for the first international cable between the U S and Europe. It is filled with the original equipment that ran the station. We started off with an informational video about its history which was interesting. It is run by volunteers and I just wished the very... More 

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Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This place is operated totally by local volunteers..mostly old timers. These folks are very dedicated and quite knowledgable concerning the old technology of sending cable messages across ( under) the ocean. If you have the good fortune to listen and enjoy the presentations that are given you could learn a lot about a bygone era and old technology that was... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

Housed in the original 19th century building, the Cable Museum serves as a repository for remnants, equipment, displays and offices of the very first transatlantic cable line, first laid across 3000 miles of ocean shortly after the US civil war. It's mind boggling to learn how they achieved this daunting task, with the limited technology of the day. Well worth... More 

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

This is a small local museum dedicated to the original transatlantic telegraph cable. not really curated, but a lot of interesting stuff and worth the visit, especially if its raining and you don't want to go to the beach

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We are glad to take a break from the beaches to visit this museum during our vacation in Cape Cod. It's wonderful to learn about the station and see how the technology evolved. The well-explained guided tour takes about one and half hours. My two teens are amazed on how people communicated not so long ago! The admission is free,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

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 bubbles 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.

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Central Valley, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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
East Fishkill, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 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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