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Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Windsor
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Owner description: Visit Connecticut's newest cultural attraction and learn how communications technology has changed our lives. It's fun, educational and entertaining! Tune radios over 80 years old... talk over candlestick telephones like your grandparents used... send a message in Morse Code... crank a phonograph and listen to 100-year-old records... see what television was like when the only color choices were black and white. Learn about the telegraph, telephone, mechanical sound recording, wireless telegraphy, radio and television, and the seeds of computers, satellite communications and the Internet.
Glastonbury, ct
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Secret Treasure”
Reviewed 16 March 2013

Always had an interest in radio, Dad was an early ham radio operator, so went to this museum expecting a static display of antique radios. They have that plus well planed and presented hands on displays covering every aspect of human communications including typewriter, telegraph, phonograph, movies, TV, telephone, ham radio (including a functional ham radio station), commercial broadcasting (including a working replica of a broadcast control room and sound effects studio) and working Tesla coil demonstrations for dramatic electrical displays. Their gift shop carries beautifully restored antique radios and telephones at very reasonable prices plus a variety of souvenir items. We planned to spend an hour and stayed three.

Visited March 2013
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Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
320 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“If you're a tech fan, this is a great place”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

This museum tells the history of radio, TV, and other communications technology. It's full of wonderful old machines that people of all ages will be nostalgic about. You will see old grammophones, teletype machines, telegraphs, refrigerators with radios in them, radios with bars in them, telephone relays, early computers...you name it. There are displays that show what the earliest television images looked like and a chance to hear a crystal radio. It's not glossy or fancy, but it is a labor of love for the volunteers. It will really make you think about technology and its effect on our culture.

Visited November 2011
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Fascinating little museum!”
Reviewed 4 July 2011

We are a family of 5, with 3 kids ages 5-12. We stopped here on our way from Boston to Pennsylvania. We found the listing in the AAA Tourbook, as we were looking for something to stop an see for a about an hour. We ended up staying much longer.

They have much more inside than you would guess from the outside. It is well organized, and our tour guide (Ed Sax) was great. He encouraged the kids to try out the displays. He took time to answer the kids' questions, and adapted his presentation for what they already knew. (My husband and I are both engineers, we homeschool, have kids who are interested in technology, and also have a collection of antiquated computers in our garage!) We especially enjoyed the demonstrations of a Victrola, a Tesla coil, and some of the old phones.

Visited June 2011
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Derry, New Hampshire
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A wicked cool hidden gem!”
Reviewed 16 May 2010

My husband and I decided to check out the museum and found it to be very interesting. Mr. Ed Sax was a great tour guide and gave us a lot of interesting information. From the outside of it you wouldn't think that it has that much to offer but once you are inside you can spend a good two hours or so just looking around and reading about the history of communications. Its a great place for people of all ages. There is So! Much to see at this historical museum. You can even try out some of the equipment like old radios, video cameras and so much more. Everyone was very helpful and shared their own experiences with the ever so fast growing world that we live in.

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Salt Lake City, UT
Level 6 Contributor
557 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
“An interesting display.”
Reviewed 30 April 2010

We thought this was a very interesting display. It's a small operation. The owner was our "tour guide". The two of us were "the group". We spent an hour or a bit more and throughly enjoyed our "trip through time". It's always weird to go to museums and see items you remember using in past years. There have been a lot of changes in communication technology during our lifetimes and it was fun to see old familiar items from our youth or early marriage. The guide was very personable and well informed. This museum is only open on Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. We took ex 36 off of I-91, turn right on 178 (Park Ave), .6 miles to Windsor Ave, turn left on Windsor. Stay right at the Y in the road. It's 1.6 miles to Pierson Lane. It would hard to find with out a GPS with only the address. Their phone number is [--]. We paid $6 - the Senior 60+ rate and thought it was well worth it.

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