Tacoma Pioneer Telephone Museum

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Tacoma Pioneer Telephone Museum

Tacoma Pioneer Telephone Museum
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The area
How to get there
  • South 9th St/Theater District • 4 min walk
  • Commerce St/South 11th St • 5 min walk
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5 reviews
Very good

Eric S
Mosier, OR4 contributions
Best small Museum I've visited
Oct 2019
We went to the Tacoma Glass Museum and the Telephone Museum the same day - I much preferred the Telephone Museum. The Glass Museum has beautiful pieces of glasswork, but is quite "sterile" - the Telephone Museum, on the other hand, I found to be much more of an "experience", primarily due to the wonderful volunteers who showed us around and demonstrated a lot of the equipment, which they manage to keep in working order. Art, Bob and Carol are totally delightful, with many stories to tell of the 40 or so years each worked for AT &T, and there are examples of just about every phone and piece of phone equipment you can think of, and many you didn't know existed. Carol did a wonderful re-enactment of her days as a telephone switchboard operator, and Art and Bob told great stories of their days working with the old equipment, and were still able to operate it all (except when Bob blew a fuse, much to Art's feigned disgust)' All in all , a wonderful experience.
Written 28 October 2019
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Seattle, WA20 contributions
Now I understand why people were plugging in the telephone lines in old movies
Jun 2018
Now when I watch old movies from the 40s and 50s and you see the characters plug in a line to get them an out side line, it makes sense. Lots of explaining and a great place to take the kids and grandkids.
Written 27 May 2019
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Jennie J
Kirkland, WA39 contributions
Passionate volunteer tour guides w/ lots of great stories
May 2018 • Family
I loved the reenactment by our tour-guide Carol of her job at age 18 as an operator using one of the pieces of equipment on display! Our other tour guide Art was also very informative and passionate about his many jobs with the phone company over the years, including climbing telephone poles wearing steel ankle spikes with which he stabbed himself through the boot once when he was new on the job -- he had to do light desk work for three days while he healed. Lots of interesting stories to bring alive the various pieces of equipment on display. We took two tween girls with us who found it moderately interesting. (I think the kids would have enjoyed the stories more if they'd eaten more for breakfast that morning.) Our tour lasted an hour, which was an appropriate length of time to cover most of what was available to see. Some visitors stay longer to look over the photo collection, especially if they have relatives who worked there. If I can make it back on another Thursday morning (the only time it's open), I'd love to take my teen son who enjoys tech-related topics.
Written 20 May 2018
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Seattle, Washington23 contributions
So much has changed !
Dec 2016 • Friends
So interesting, but I am a retired telephone operator !! I'm sure that most families will be looking at items they have only seen in old movies !!
Written 4 December 2016
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Seattle41 contributions
Personalized tours by passionate volunteers, great little collection!
Oct 2014 • Solo
Open Thursdays from 8am to Noon, or by appointment! Staffed by retired ATT volunteers who are passionate about the history of telephones and the phone industry. The collection is great, but the real fun is learning about how things actually worked from the retired workers. The building in which the museum is housed used to house 400 phone company employees -- today the whole thing is run by just two techs! Great collection of old phones, switches, memorabilia, and actual switchboards. It will all mean very little to anyone less than 50 years old or to anyone who doesn't watch old movies or tv show. For those of that older generation this is great place.
Written 24 October 2014
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