Museum of Communications - May 2005 Visit

 

The Museum of Communications is an exciting hands-on museum of telephone history. The museum serves as the definitive museum of not only the telephone, but other commumcations related equipment as well. 

The Museum of Communications (formerly known as the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum) is located on two vacated floors of an existing central office building just south of Seattle, Washington.


Brochure from the Museum of Communications. Click on the brochure to see the internal pages.

What’s facinating is that the museum is that not only do they have old telephones of yesteryear of every type imaginable (primarily Western Electric items), but they also have switching equipment. Yes, actual old-fashioned switching equipment – such as Step-by-Step, Crossbar, and even Panel - in operation! You can actually make calls on these old central office switches! Its like a time machine!

I have wanted to visit the museum for the last several years. I finally had my opportunity in May 2005.

The following are links to the pictures (and videos) that I took at the museum
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Museum of Communications Pages

Museum Background
Start here. This page provides a brief background about the Museum, why it exists, and who runs it.

Third Floor Tour - Switching Equipment and more
Page 1 | Page 2
The tour starts on the third floor. Here is where you find old electromechanical switching equipment, old teletype machines, analog carrier equipment, old reel-to-reel tape recorders, and even an old AM radio transmitter.

Second Floor Tour - Old Telephones and more
Page 1 | Page 2
After the tour of the third floor, down the elevator you go to the second floor to check out the old telephones and other equipment.

Parting Comments
Comments on my visit and what I would do if I were able to visit the museum again.

Links to other Museum of Communications Sites

Museum of Communications - Official Site #1
Official site for the Museum of Communications - hosted by the Seattle Community Network

Museum of Communications - Official Site #2
Anoither official site for the Museum of Communications

Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum (Herb & Maria Yeates)
An unofficial website that also describes the switching equipment at the Museum of Communications - maintained by Herb & Maria Yeates.

Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum (Privateline.com)
An unofficial website that also describes the switching equipment at the Museum of Communications - maintained by Privateline.com (Tom Farley) - photos by Keith Craine.

Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum (Phone Trips audio)
The above link is an audio tour of the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum, recorded in August 2000 and can be found on the
Phone Trips website. If you want to hear the equipment in action, click on the above link and be totally blown away by the sounds!


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