New Hampshire Telephone Museum

1 Depot Street, Warner, NH 03278 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m. (EST)

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Your visit to the NH Telephone Museum begins with a short video followed by an optional guided tour by one of our friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. Hear stories about party lines, operators, and the early beginnings of rural telephone service as told by the folks that lived and worked during those times. Learn the real story of the race to claim the title of “inventor of the telephone.” You will be amazed by one family’s collection of nearly 1000 telephone related artifacts. Come discover why people say “WOW!” when they walk through our doors!

The museum features the collection of the Violette & Bartlett families who collectively worked in the telephone industry for over 85 years. Also featured is the collection of Garry Mitchell, another longtime telephone worker from Woodbury Connecticut, as well as gifts received from the public.

Exhibits

"That's Entertainment: The Telephones Role in Cinema, Television and Music".

The Telephone. It appears in countless films and television programs and is found in the lyrics of various musical genres too many times to fathom. Its role in the movies and TV is far more significant than a mere prop. In many instances, the telephone is the starring role. Its influence, one might argue, supersedes even that of the actors.

As for the telephone’s musical impact; there have been songs about telephone conversations, messages left on answering machines, singers calling the operator, songs about wrong numbers and missed calls and now, there’s even songs about texting.
As a society, we tend to look to film for the latest on trends, especially technology. And with matters of the heart, we express our devotion, or anger, more openly over the phone.

“That’s Entertainment” explores the multitude of ways the telephone, whether it appears on the big screen, plasma or radio, amuses us, frightens us or inspires us to sing along.

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