Telephone Pioneer Museum of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico - Atlas Obscura

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Telephone Pioneer Museum of New Mexico

An ode to the history of telephones inside a telephone building.  

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The Telephone Pioneer Museum of New Mexico is an entirely volunteer-run operation with a huge amount of history and equipment from the very early days of the telephone.

The museum is housed in an actual telephone building in downtown Albuquerque. Visitors old enough to remember rotary dial phones will be amazed at the variety on display inside.

Genuine, original mechanical switchboards sit side by side with later computerized automated calling systems, providing a great look into the evolution of the telephone systems, and the people who designed them. They also house a library of phone books from almost every New Mexico town from 1916 onward in their research area, which is available by appointment.

Private guided tours are available upon prior request.

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Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Scheduled tours can be made after normal Museum hours.


Admissions: Donation request is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

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