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Museum of Communications

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Address: 7000 E Marginal Way S, Entrance at Rear of Building, Seattle, WA 98108-3411
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Lots of cool old phones and back office mechanical switching equipment

The guides know their stuff and are happy to demonstrate how all the old equipment works, from hand-cranked phones from the late 1800s to modern pay phones and especially the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
KinoLux
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The guides know their stuff and are happy to demonstrate how all the old equipment works, from hand-cranked phones from the late 1800s to modern pay phones and especially the switches in the phone company offices that most people never see normally. Lots of Teletypes and Morse code machines--and they all still work! Whirring, buzzing, clunking along, they show you... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This museum is one of a kind. Every kind of switch and phone you can imagine and most of it is in working order and kept that way by an army of volunteers. You can dial a phone and watch the magic of how you were able to connect to another phone just about anywhere in world before micro processors;... More 

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Mid-Western Region, Nepal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2014

If you like telephones and telephone switching systems, or you are a Bell System aficionado, this is the place for you. Two floors of phones and switch gear in a real telephone exchange building. Teletypes, radio stuff and much more. They even have a Western Electric vacuum cleaner!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

After several years working in data and telecommunications consulting I was totally surprised when one of my clients from Ericsson (in Stockholm) asked me if I would take the to see this museum when they next visited Seattle. My surprise was from the fact that I had never heard about it. So when the day came I was both excited... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

THIS IS A VERY SPECIALIZED MUSEUM. If you have a keen interest in vintage telephones, their networks and the people who installed and maintained them, they are all here (particularly the retired Ma Bell employees who lead the tours). Most kids and adults who are not interested in the technology will not be overly enthusiastic. However, if you have even... More 

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