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Museum of Communication
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Burntisland
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Owner description: We exhibit communications technology from the pre-electric optical telegraph to the latest state-of-the-art web cams and mobile phones. We mount themed exhibitions throughout the summer months, which are designed to stimulate, entertain and educate the public.
Burntisland, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worth A Visit”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Often talks on some very interesting subjects. Our last visit was to hear a talk on the new forth road bridge and look at slides, found it helpful.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Weefifer6
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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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“Fabulous Find in Burntisland”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

I originally found out about this gem while breezing through a small pamphlet that featured things to do around Kirkcaldy. This place was fantastic! The info stated that it was only open on Wednesday and Saturdays, but to ring the bell to get in. So, I headed out on a Wednesday and, since the door was locked, I did ring the bell. I was greeted by a delightful woman who was more than happy to let me in and give me the personal grand tour of the place. It's not a very large museum, but it is crammed full of all kinds of communication devices used over the centuries.
There was no admission charge, but I left a free will offering as I was really impressed with the amount of information offered, the set up and display, and the very entertaining woman who showed me around.
There's not much to do in Burntisland, but this is a REAL gem worth checking out. And, since it's free.....what do you have to lose?

Visited February 2013
4 Thank geismom
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“You need to go visit!”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Staff are so good at making this place come alive. Nice to have a museum where it doesn't feel like a library and everyone has to read all the boards and stay quiet. Best explanations come from the staff themselves.
Cup of coffee afterwards is a lovely touch because it's free! Entrance is a mere £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank AliNisbet
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Everything to do with communications, including vintage apparatus”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Museum of Communications, Burntisland, Fife
(I declare an interest; until dodgy health put a stop to it, I was a regular volunteer.)
In the 1950s, Harry Matthews was Chief Technician in the Electrical Engineering department of The University of Edinburgh. He hated anything to be thrown away, and so he started a collection. Industry helped with donations. TV Companies donated vintage cameras and a vast professional tape recorder which would fill many kitchens.
After retirement Harry became ill and as he was being wheeled past an abandoned bedside x-ray machine, he asked whether he could have it for his collection, so the hospital helped to deliver it to him.
Over many years the collection moved from ex-wartime bunkers to a hangar at Longannet, and a volunteer donated the funds to buy the abandoned Ex-Servicemen's Club in Burntisland. It is now a fine Exhibition Hall, with cellars to house the parts of the collection which are not currently on show.
Visitors are also welcome to The Naafi - an upstairs lounge with armchairs, sofas, and hot drinks and snacks available.
The Museum also houses the Special Event Amateur Radio Station, MM0MOC, which listens and transmits on wavelengths from 180 metres to 70 centimetres.
Qualified volunteers are on hand to explain exhibits to visitors, and the Trust also arranges lectures mostly at 7.30 in the evening during the season.
The President is the well-known scientist Professor Dr Heinz Wolff.
For opening times and details of Special Events, I find it quickest to ask Google for Museum of Communications Foundation Trust, or try MOCFT.

Visited September 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

You could walk right past the MOC if you weren't paying attention, but its worth staying alert. This is a smashing little museum with interesting exhibits and plenty of hands-on for the kids. Yes, there are lots of places like that. What really sets MOC apart are the people, the museum volunteers: folk whose enthusiasm is contageous and knowledge is astounding. You virtually get a personal tour, packed with explanations and anecdotes. MOC isn't big but with this kind of visitor experience, you could be there longer than you ever expected. And the wonderfully unpretentious tea and biscuits upstairs finishes it off a treat. The MOC is an absolute gem.

3 Thank Faith K
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