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“Nerdy as anything, but wonderful ”

French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum
Ranked #15 of 45 things to do in Orleans
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Reviewed 7 October 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 docents are knowledgeable and clearly enthused. The place has an appropriate musty odor and some of the labels are faded index cards. Real museum professionals will likely have an anxiety attack at the somewhat informal approach to display and preservation. (Nothing a small grant and an intern couldn’t help.)
It’s probably not best for small kids but I can attest that even non-nerds will come to like it.

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Reviewed 23 June 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 were pretty remarkable - and the museum has a lot of the actual hardware used in the undertaking on display. It's a low-budget affair, but super informative and just absolutely fascinating if you're at all technically inclined. Don't be confused - this is not a kids hands-on technical display - it's a heavy-duty museum with a lot of text-heavy explanations about each piece of incredible gear on display. It's a super alternative to a rainy, grey day indoors on the Cape, but check opening hours as the Museum is not open every day.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

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

Thank William M
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Reviewed 24 April 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.

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Reviewed 19 April 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. Messages relayed include Charles Lindbergh’s arrival in Paris, and the fall of Brest to the Germans in 1940. Three stars because I did not see the interior.

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