VISITING CHATHAM MARCONI MARITIME CENTER
PLAN YOUR MUSEUM VISIT
We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum beginning Wednesday, July 8! Consistent with state and local reopening guidelines, we have new systems in place to ensure that members, volunteers, and visitors will have a safe and enjoyable museum experience.
Advance reservations are required for all museum visits in order to conform to state and local COVID-19 operating restrictions, including occupancy limits and guidelines for contact tracing.
You can reserve a time for a museum visit using our new online reservation system.
Members and visitors have the option to either reserve the entire museum for family and friends for a two-hour visit or to reserve individual spaces in a small group tour.
July 8 through September 6
General Admission and Private Tour options available:
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday – 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday – 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
September 7 through October 18
Tuesday through Sunday: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (General Admission only)
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:30 a.m. (Private Tour only; 24-hour advance reservation required)
Should you have any questions before you visit, e-mail us at
or call us at 508-945-8889.
(Members can visit the museum free of charge.)
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum
Member - Free
(with ID Card)
Member’s Guest - Free
(with Guest Pass)
Exclusive Access Reservation $50.00 (Reserves the museum for a Member and guests, up to the allowed capacity, for the scheduled time)
General Admission Rates:
Adult (22 - 65) $10.00
Senior (66+) $ 7.50
Youth (13-21) $ 5.00
Child (12 & under) Free
Exclusive Access Reservation $75.00 (Reserves the museum for a private group visit, up to the allowed capacity, for the scheduled time)
Association Members Free1.
Military (Active) Free1.
Crisis Responders Free1.
(Medical, EMT/EMS, Fire,
Police, N.G.; Note 2.)
1. Appropriate professional or qualifying ID required at entrance.
2. We invite 2020 COVID-19 Crisis Responders to visit free of charge, including law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel, physicians, nurses, public health personnel, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency management personnel, 911 operators, military and national guard, public works personnel, and persons with other skills or training needed to provide aid in the declared emergency.
For information call 508-945-8889
Wednesday June 10, 2020
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Directions
Education Center: 831 Orleans Road
Wireless Museum: 847 Orleans Road
North Chatham, MA 02650
We are located on Route 28 (Orleans Road) in the north part of Chatham across the road from Ryder's Cove. Look for the radio tower and brick buildings.
If you are coming from Chatham town center, follow Route 28 toward Orleans and we will be on your left.
If you are coming from Orleans town center, follow Route 28 toward Chatham and we are on your right.
Plan Your Visit
Ensuring the safety of members, volunteers, visitors, and staff while on our campus is always our top priority. In response to the current COVID-19 situation, we have established heightened protocols and procedures in conformance with state and local regulations. Knowing what to expect during your visit will ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.
Here is a quick summary of policies and procedures for your reference as you plan your visit:
All members and visitors must make a reservation in advance. Each ticketed/reserved visit duration is 2 hours (1.25 hours in the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum’s Wireless History Gallery and .75 hours in the Wireless Today Gallery located in the Education Center building).
Please bring your own face coverings with you as these are required while inside the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and Education Center buildings; please also maintain social distance (6 ft) from others (except those from your household/self-selected group).
Face coverings are required outdoors on our campus when it is not possible to maintain social distance.
Anyone who has compromised health, is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, has a fever, or resides with someone with cold or flu symptoms should not come on campus. Visitors who visibly appear to be ill upon arrival will not be admitted.
When making a reservation, you will have the opportunity to review additional details about the new protocols and procedures for visiting this season. Your reservation confirmation email will provide you with all the info you need to plan your visit.
Upon entry, you will be required to observe the COVID-19 prevention precautions agreed to during the ticketing procedure.
We look forward to seeing you this season!
MUSEUM VISIT DETAILS
Wireless History Gallery
Your tour starts in the Wireless History Gallery with Guglielmo Marconi’s life and legacy. Then explore the era of Chatham Radio, when Radio Corporation of America's dominant 20th Century Ship-to-Shore station was the "largest US coastal station in the marine service". Learn of the station’s WWII years as the US Navy’s secret “Station C” which intercepted Enigma-encrypted U-Boat messages. Working Enigma cipher machine simulators allow you to try your own hand at encryption, and we have several short videos that may enhance your visit.
This year, we proudly celebrate the second of three consecutive centennial events, each historically important to both Chatham and America. Following World War I, the newly-formed Radio Corporation of America (RCA) acquired the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, including its unfinished installations at Chatham and Marion, Massachusetts. RCA installed state-of-the-art equipment manufactured by U.S. industrial giant General Electric to create Chatham Port wireless station WSO. On May 17, 1920, RCA inaugurated service between Chatham Port and Norway, finally realizing Marconi’s dream of sustainable trans-Atlantic communication. Come explore our newest exhibit, “Chatham on the Air.” And while you are in the Wireless History Gallery, spend a few minutes in the Museum Shop, browsing the wide selection of books, logo clothing, and other items.
Wireless Today Gallery
After an hour and a quarter, you will move on to the Wireless Today Gallery which chronicles the digital revolution shaping our lives today where wireless is everywhere. Learn to how ships at sea off Cape Cod are located in real time and how Great White sharks are tracked. Peer inside a smart phone, count the many wireless devices that surround you, or operate a drone flight simulator.
The museum features “Radio to the Rescue” this season. Radio communication ended the isolation of mariners at sea. The valuable lessons learned from early - and even more recent - sea rescues are explored in new exhibits. Learn how radio and satellite technologies keep people safe today, and help save countless lives by aiding the Coast Guard in maritime rescues.
Antenna Field Trail
Then after your museum visit is over - but before you leave us - take a few minutes to walk the outdoor Antenna Field Trail. The trail is a winding path through the flora and fauna of Cape Cod with interpretive signs describing the station’s various radio antennas.
Thank you in advance for visiting us!