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French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum
Ranked #13 of 46 things to do in Orleans
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Hard to imagine a more modest museum, one that contains a truly impressive collection of "state of the art" (1880s-1930s) telegraphic equipment. Surprising it is not reviewed in the current Michelin Guide - it really is a French-American treasure of what was a vital link between the US and Europe . There is a fine DVD for purchase - and one can watch a DVD as an introduction - but what makes it particularly interesting are the energetic volunteers who will answer any and all of your questions - this really is a labor of love for them, and they all deserve thanks/merci for conserving the equipment and indeed the building that could have been lost to history. There is even a possibility of having the visit conducted in French - just call ahead. Fascinating part of the history of the Cape - should not be missed.

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Reviewed 28 August 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 personable lady who was our tour guide knew more about the equipment. I left confused but my husband who is more engineer minded, loved it.

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Reviewed 28 July 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 the forerunner of modern wireless communications.

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Reviewed 15 July 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 a visit on a non-beach day. Open Thurs - Sun in summer season.

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Reviewed 30 June 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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