VISITING CHATHAM MARCONI MARITIME CENTER
PLAN YOUR MUSEUM VISIT
Welcome! Here are some things you should know about Admission and Reservations as you plan your visit.
Reservations are strongly advised and guarantee admission. There are two ticketing options:
General Admission: Reserves 1 or more spaces within a time slot that may include up to 20 people.
Exclusive Access: Reserves a time slot for a private group of up to 20 people. Enjoy the museum’s exhibits and displays at your leisure with museum hosts exclusively available to your family or friends.
Each scheduled visit time slot is 2 hours long (nominally 1-¼ hours in the Museum’s Wireless History Gallery and up to 45 minutes in the Wireless Today Gallery). Enjoy the Antenna Field Trail at your leisure.
For possible COVID-19 exposure contact tracing, state rules require us to collect contact information for your group.
We comply with state and local COVID precautions to make your visit safe. During your visit, please wear a face mask and observe social distancing.
If you do not feel well within 24 hours before your arrival, please ask to reschedule your visit. The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission on the basis of apparent illness.
A maximum of 20 visitors is allowed at any one time in the Museum’s indoor Wireless History Gallery or Wireless Today Gallery. Guides will ensure social distancing.
Cancellation: Reservations are non-refundable within 24 hours of ticketed appointment time. With sufficient notice, you may change your reservations without penalty.
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum
Member - Free
(with ID Card)
Member’s Guest - Free
(with Guest Pass)
Exclusive Access Reservation $60.00 (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 $90.00 (Reserves the museum for a private group visit, up to the allowed capacity, for the scheduled time)
Mass. Teachers Association Members
COVID-19 Crisis Responders
(Medical, EMT/EMS, Fire, Police)
For information call 508-945-8889
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.
MUSEUM VISIT DETAILS
Wireless History Gallery
Your tour starts in the Wireless History Gallery with Guglielmo Marconi’s life, legacy and connection to Cape Cod. Learn Morse code at our interactive exhibit. Then explore our centennial exhibit “Chatham Maritime Radio - 1921”, foreshadowing Radio Corporation of America’s station WCC becoming the “largest US coastal station in the marine service” during the 20th century. Experience firsthand how a radio operator touching a Morse code key in Chatham could be heard by his counterparts aboard ships sailing the seven seas. And learn of the US Navy’s secret “Station C” which intercepted WWII Enigma cipher encrypted U-Boat messages. Encrypt your own secret message.
This year, we proudly celebrate the third of three consecutive centennial events, each historically important to both Chatham and America.
April 18, 1921 Chatham began marine radio service which continued for almost 75 years. Come explore our newest exhibit, “Chatham Maritime Radio”. 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
Next experience the Wireless Today Gallery which chronicles the digital revolution that surrounds us with wireless technology. See what’s inside your smart phone, both physically and in terms of the many things it replaces. Locate ships off Cape Cod in real time. See how Great White sharks and migrating seabirds are tracked and studied. Discover how radio ended sailors’ isolation at sea and satellite technology keeps mariners safe today with "Radio to the Rescue".
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!