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Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

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Address: 847 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, Chatham, MA 02650-1165
Phone Number:
+1 508-945-8889
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Museum, Education, Lectures, and more! Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi...

Museum, Education, Lectures, and more! Founded in 2002, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center sits on the 11.3-acre, 10-building campus which comprised the former Marconi/RCA Wireless Receiving Station, once the busiest ship-to-shore station on the East Coast and a significant military installation (during World War II). The Operations Building now houses the Marconi/RCA Wireless Museum offering interactive exhibits tracing the story of wireless communication in Chatham from its formative days with Marconi, through the 20th Century. The recently renovated campus residence, also once known as the Hotel Nautilus, is the Education Center with additional space for administrative offices, classes, and lectures. CMMC began working on STEM classes in 2008 and launched a major education initiative in 2011 when it partnered with the Public Schools of Chatham and Harwich, MA (now the Monomoy Regional School District), and the MIT Club of Cape Cod to develop curriculum and teacher training materials in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The specific focus of the program is on the subject areas of Communications Engineering and Design. These fields are two of the subtopics in the MA Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. They also coincide with the mission of CMMC and our emphasis on wireless communications. Finally, we live in the "information age." Innovations are occurring on a daily basis and the products that reach the marketplace are having a profound effect upon society. Our implementation plan includes active roles for both professionals and volunteers in K-12 classrooms throughout Cape Cod. We also offer a wide array of classes and workshops in the summer, a winter science camp, after school programs, and professional development for teachers. To see a complete list of our courses and a preview of our museum offerings, visit our website.

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A gem of a museum

We recently visited the Center as part of our annual Cape Cod vacation. We have tried for the last four years to visit but it always closed because of the limited hours in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We recently visited the Center as part of our annual Cape Cod vacation. We have tried for the last four years to visit but it always closed because of the limited hours in October. It is truly a fascinating place especially the role that the US in breaking the Nazi code during WW II. A great history lesson for kids... More 

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North Chatham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Extremely good center covering maritime communication especially during WWII. Commences with a interesting short movie followed by a tour of local maritime communication in this facility in Chatham, MA.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

very nice place with a very good place to learn more about the WW2 effort. easy to visit and informative

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

A small museum with a lot of information and history of wireless communication. The introductory museum video narrated by Walter Cronkite was very interesting. There were additional short videos that gave us a better perspective on wireless communication. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Enigma machine that the Germans used to encrypt messages during WW11. They had an actual Enigma... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

A small well done museum with a great untold story of World War II submarine searching and code breaking. The volunteers were exceptionally informative. Well worth an hour or more.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Very interesting museum about wireless communication and its history. Especially interesting because of the Enigma machine which was used in the world war. The museum visit starts with a film. The museum also has a little shop. Several volunteers who have actually worked for communication are present are ready to explain machines and tell about their experiences. Very friendly and... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a wonderful small museum, about a very important subject. Marconi and his radio waves helped save many lives. The Titanic could have been even more catastrophic and the Second World War could have had a very different outcome. The museum is compact but filled with interesting things and such helpful and knowledgeable volunteers.

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Aboyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Good place to visit. Very knowledgeable staff. My husband could have talked to them all day. Interesting information on the Titanic radio messages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Marconi museum is a unique gem. In this one little building you learn about the people and technologies that save 1000s of unfortunates from shipping disasters; the hunt for U-boats in WWI and WWII, and the deciphering of Nazi codes. Amazingly the Museum has a rare German Enigma machine in perfect condition and docents who really understand its workings.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is a very interesting place to learn about the development of wireless technology 100 years ago! The docents at this museum really help you to understand the exhibits and are hands on with you. I actually got to use a German enigma machine captured from a German WWII sub. A small museum but very well done and packed with... More 

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