CAPE COD MUSUEMS

CHATHAM MARCONI-RCA WIRELESS MUSEUM

    CHATHAM MARCONI-RCA WIRELESS MUSEUM
Address:
831 Orleans Rd
Chatham, Massachusetts 02650
Phone: (508) 945-8889
Description:

The museum looks forward to welcoming you! Consistent with state and local reopening guidelines, they have new systems in place to ensure that members, volunteers, and visitors will have a safe and enjoyable museum experience.

Advance reservations are recommended for all museum visits in order to conform to state and local COVID-19 operating restrictions, including occupancy limits and guidelines for contact tracing.  You can reserve a time for a museum visit using our new online reservation system.

Members and visitors have the option to either reserve the entire museum for family and friends for a two-hour visit or to reserve individual spaces in a small group tour.​  Walk-in visitors are welcome, but please call us at 508-945-8889 to ensure that we have the space to accommodate you.

From September 8 through October 18, scheduled visits times will be:
Tuesday thru Sunday: 1:00pm and 2:30pm (General Admissions only).

Tuesday through Saturday:  10:30 a.m. (Exclusive Access Tour only; 24-hour advance reservation required)

Monday: Closed

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The mission of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center  is to engage, educate and inspire visitors of all ages and interests with the rich history of wireless communication on Cape Cod and the limitless future potential of science and technology to transform our lives.

This museum tells the story of Marconi, whose company built the station, and how the station's Morse code operators were able to communicate with ships across the world even a hundred years ago. And it tells the story of the secret role that the station played during WWII.

In 1914, Guglielmo Marconi built a trans-Atlantic wireless station in Massachusetts. The receivers were here in Chatham and the transmitters were forty miles west, in Marion. The station was paired with a station in Norway to provide wireless communication between the two continents, using Morse code. Before operations could begin, the plan was interrupted by World War I.  After the war, the station was bought by RCA and, except during World War II, stayed in operation as a wireless maritime station for over seventy years.

During World War II, this was the site of the Navy’s top-secret “Station C”, which had the vital role of intercepting German U-Boats’ encrypted signals.

The museum’s exhibits feature the story of Marconi whose company built the station, how RCA’s Chatham Radio (call sign WCC) became the largest ship-to-shore station in the United States, the story of the secret role that the station played during WWII, and how your cell phone came to be.  You will have a chance to practice Morse code and find out which is faster - Morse code or texting, encrypt your own Enigma messages, and try your hand at a drone flight simulator!

As you tour the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, you will discover its “Untold Story”.

2020 Admission - valid for day of purchase & for a second visit within 7 days.
Child                    12 & under            Free

Youth                   13 - 21               $5.00

Adult                     22 - 65              $10.00

Senior                   66 & over          $7.50

Special Rates:

Members/Guest Passes                 Free

Massachusetts Teachers               Free

Active Military                                 Free

COVID First Responders             $5.00

​*For information on Groups, call  508-945-8889 or E-mail info@ChathamMarconi,org

Plan to spend at least an hour. When you make your reservation or when you first arrive, watch our introductory video:
"Chatham Radio: WCC The Untold Story", narrated by Walter Cronkite. We have additional short videos that will enhance your visit -- each is about 10 minutes long (see our Exhibits page for their description).

Most of our exhibits have "touch screen" panels and audio to provide background information. You can send a message in Morse code at the interactive kiosk. Children will enjoy the scavenger hunt to identify items across the exhibit space.

Spend some time in the Museum Shop, browsing the wide selection of books, logo clothing and other unique items.

Hours:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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